By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 2/16/09
It was no surprise that La Salle senior attacker Randy Forster signed a letter of intent to play lacrosse at Penn State.
After all, two of Forster’s older brothers, Rob (senior) and Jack (redshirt freshman), are currently starting attackmen on the Nittany Lions.
“My brother Rob went there first and we all loved it,” said Randy. “We all visited a couple of times. I looked around and there was no pressure; I could have gone anywhere I wanted, but I liked Penn State a lot.
“It was a lot of fun and it’s a real good school. I just couldn’t pass it up. I knew a bunch of guys on the team and I became friends with them.”
Forster, a first-team All-Catholic League Northern Division pick last year, said he is undecided on a major. He is considering business.
Before he needs to make that decision, Forster is intent on helping the Explorers repeat as state champions.
Last year La Salle rode a magical carpet ride, winning the final Eastern Pennsylvania Scholastic Lacrosse Association and Keystone Cup championships. The Explorers finished 31-2 and were named the top team in the nation by Lacrosse Magazine.
This year, after a number of La Salle players signed with major Division I programs, the team was recently ranked No. 2 in the Under Armour/Inside Lacrosse National Rankings.
Expectations are obviously high, but Forster said the Explorers are ready for the challenge.
“It’s just very exciting,” he said. “Being No. 2 in the nation I a great honor. It’s a lot of pressure, but it’s a great opportunity to have.”
Forster said the team’s success last year was mainly due to strong team unity.
“Just ever since our freshman year, we’ve all clicked,” he said. “Freshman year we started hanging out together a lot. Some of us were even friends before coming to La Salle while we were playing for Abington Youth Lacrosse and Penn Star.”
Forster also is excited about a non-league schedule that includes No. 1 Gilman (Md.), top 10 teams Calvert Hall (Md.), West Genesee (N.Y.) and Georgetown Prep (Md.) and Philly powers Malvern Prep, Haverford School.
“I think we have one of the toughest schedules in the nation,” Forster said. “It should be fun. It’s a good test of what we can do.”
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