By Laura Frankenfield
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 2/5/10
Wissahickon High School senior attackman Nick Lucchesi has made a verbal commitment to play Division III lacrosse at Marywood University in Scranton.
Lucchesi missed all of the 2009 scholastic season after tearing both his anterior cruciate ligament and medial lateral ligament. As a sophomore he had 14 goals, 12 assists and 40 groundballs. Lucchesi played last summer for the Twist Black club team, helping it reach the quarterfinals at Champ Camp.
Lucchesi, an Honor Roll student also involved in several community service projects, will major in Secondary Education, in hopes of becoming a history teacher.
“What made it a good match was that I could relate to the education system, the campus, the lacrosse, the coach, and the players,” said Lucchesi, who also referees youth lacrosse.
Although Marywood’s program is in only its third year of existence, it already has become a contender in the Colonial States Athletic Conference under coach Mic Grant. Last year the Pacers placed second to nationally-ranked and nine-time champion Cabrini College.
Lucchesi has worked hard to rehabilitate himself since the injury; only five months after tearing his ACL and MCL, Lucchesi returned to the field and began getting college looks.
“Every day I wondered what all the coaches were going to think and say when they found out about my knee injury,” he said. “But soon after I got over that stage of wondering what would happen, I just pushed myself extremely hard to get back for the 2009 recruiting season.”
This spring Lucchesi plans to be a major contributor to a Wissahickon team that finished third in the Suburban One American Conference last season with an overall record of 10-8.
“It doesn’t matter who we are playing, I know myself and the rest of the team will go out to win,” Lucchesi said.
Lucchesi also considered Virginia Wesleyan, Goucher, Farleigh Dickinson, and Roanoke.