By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 7/31/10
Recent Spring-Ford graduate Evan Zielinski (midfielder) has committed to play Division III lacrosse at Neumann University.
Zielinski was a major contributor for a Spring-Ford team that went 19-3 and
reached the Pioneer Athletic Conference finals while claiming its first post-league playoff victory over.
An honor Roll student, Zielinski will major in Sports Management and minor in either marketing or business administration.
“I have been around sports all my life and want to focus more on the sports world. My plan one day is to be part of a professional sports team front office. I also chose Neumann (because it has) a smaller environment.
“I feel like being in a smaller community will help me focus more on my studies. I also like the fact that it’s right outside of Philadelphia to help me get possible internships with my major.”
At Neuman, Zielinski will be joined by teammate Josh Hammer (defenseman) as well as fellow Philly recruits Scott Parke (Springfield-Delco, defenseman), Kramer Kaufelds (New Hope-Solebury/defenseman), Chris Bray (Lansdale Catholic/goalie), Rob Foster (Upper Darby/LSM), Dillon Burke (Upper Darby/goalie), Andrew Millard (Boyertow/midfielder), Shawn Lee (Interboro/defenseman), and Sam Maldou (Sun Valley/midfielder/FO).
“I feel that Neumann University is an up and coming program with a lot of potential to make a name for itself in the next few years,” Zielinski said. “Yeah, they have had their struggles in the past, but the future is looking bright. Their recruiting classes have been improving and their coaching staff gives freshmen the opportunity to make a difference right off the start.
Zielinski has overcome several injuries in his career and is proud to have won the school spirit award several times. He said the Spring-Ford program continues to grow.
“The Spring-Ford lacrosse team has made me a more disciplined person over the past three years,” he said. “I played for two great coaches and I have learned a lot from both of them.
“Spring-Ford took a big leap this year. Going into 2010 we took a turn into the right direction and worked out the best for the program. I feel like Spring-Ford will be able to compete with the tops teams in Pennsylvania for years to come.”