By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 2/9/09
Haverford School senior long stick midfielder Stocky Euler has signed a letter of intent to play at Lafayette College.
Euler, a first-team All-Inter-Ac league pick last year, said he liked the size and location as well as the academics of the Easton university.
“I liked how small it was and it seemed kind of personal to me,” said Euler, also an honorable mention All-Phillylacrosse.com choice last season. “I know a lot of the players from (club) teams of previous summers, and I think I can play well with them.
“It’s a great school, and it’s relatively close to home so my family can come and watch. I feel I have a chance of starting in my freshman year.”
Euler said he is interested in pursuing a career in the medical or business and economics fields.
For now, though, he is focused on helping Haverford School contend for the Inter-Ac league championship. He noted that the Inter-Ac crown is even more coveted now that the Fords will not get to compete for the state title since the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association has taken over jurisdiction of the state playoffs.
“It’s true, not going to the EPSLA (Eastern Pennsylvania Scholastic Lacrosse Association) playoffs changes things,” he said. “Playing in the Inter-Ac is always a battle anyway.
“But it will be a real passionate season in the Inter-Ac.”
Euler said the Fords will not soon forget the heartbreak of losing to La Salle in double overtime in last year’s EPSLA semifinals.
“Absolutely, it’s not the first time we’ve gone that far to have a heartbreaking loss,” he said. “Each of us felt that loss before, and we know we don’t want to feel that anymore.”
Euler also is excited about some of the impressive non-league games on the Haverford schedule – such as St. Paul’s, Loyola-Blakefield and McDonogh of Maryland, McCallie of Tennessee, Western Reserve Academy of Ohio, Lawrenceville of New Jersey and St. Anthony’s of New York, as well as defending PA state champion La Salle (at Katie Samson Tournament), Downingtown East, Conestoga and Radnor.
“It’s a pride thing with our schedule,” Euler said. “We keep broadening it every year and when we play out-of-state teams we get to represent Philly.”
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