By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 2/25/10
Haverford School junior attackman Brent Tomlinson has made a verbal commitment to play Division I lacrosse at Brown University.
Tomlinson becomes the ninth junior on the Fords to commit to a Division I program. In all, 12 Haverford players have signed or committed to Division I colleges.
Tomlinson scored 16 goals last year for a team that shared the Inter-Ac League title with Malvern Prep and then defeated the Friars for the league tournament championship. Haverford finished 16-8 and was fourth in the final PA Media Rankings.
Tomlinson competed in the Eastern Pennsylvania Scholastic Lacrosse Association (EPSLA) Showcase last year and played for the Philly team in the Under Armour Underclassmen Games. He plays club lacrosse for Seven Nations and the Duke’s Lacrosse Club.
Tomlinson also considered Dartmouth, Georgetown, Notre Dame and Denver.
“During my visit I was drawn to the coaching staff of (head coach Lars) Tiffany and assistant coaches (Brad) Ross and (Errol) Wilson,” he said. “They are creating a culture that develops the entire man, first and foremost. Brown’s record speaks for itself.”
Tomlinson plans to major in Economics with a focus on Finance and International Affairs.
“Academically, Brown puts the education in your own hands; the curriculum is geared toward self study,” Tomlinson said. “I definitely wanted to go to a school where I felt happy academically and athletically.”
The other eight Ford juniors to commit are Chris Hupfeldt (attackman, Penn), Joe McCallion (midfielder, Penn) Conor Kelly (goalie, Notre Dame), Goran Murray (LSM, Maryland), Carl Walrath (midfielder, Virginia), Brendan McGrath (midfielder, Princeton), Alex Beatty (defenseman, Princeton) and Matt Walters (midfielder, Syracuse). The seniors that signed are Liam O’Connor (midfielder, Notre Dame), Billy Annesley (midfielder, St. Joseph’s) and Stephen Aitken (attackman, Penn State).
Tomlinson, a product of the Conestoga Youth League, is excited about the Fords’ prospects for 2010. The team is ranked 14th in the Under Armour/Inside Lacrosse National Power Rankings and has a national-caliber schedule. Practice begins Monday.
“Practice starts March 1 if we can get out onto the field,” Tomlinson said, noting he wanted to thank Haverford coaches John Nostrant, Mark Petrone, Travis Loving and Doug Knight for their help in the recruiting process and his overall development. “We are really looking foreard to the season. We have a ridiculous schedule and we have a lot of hard work ahead of us in order to improve
“I think we have a lot of pressure, especially since we lost a lot of guys. The fact we have so many people committing does not really prove anything.”
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