By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 12/13/14
Downingtown West High School 2016 attackman-midfielder David Gallagher has made a commitment to the admissions process at Dartmouth College.
David Gallagher log:
High School: Downingtown West
Graduation Year: 2016
College Choice: Dartmouth College (admissions process)
Club Affiliations: Team Philadelphia, HEADstrong Lacrosse Club, Philadelphia Freedom
Lacrosse Honors: Varsity letter freshman and sophomore seasons, 2014 team’s offensive MVP, Honorable Mention in the Ches-Mont league at attack, Jake Reed Blue chip camp, Brine-All American and Brine National Lacrosse classic
Academic honors, service projects: National Honor Society, Student Council, Fellowship of Christian Athletes
What will you major in/study? Business
Why did you choose Dartmouth? “The campus, academic programs and facilities at Dartmouth are incredible!
“I have always wanted to play Division One lacrosse, so this is a dream come true!
“I also desire to play high level lacrosse. Coach (Brendan) Callahan is in his first year, however, it is clear, he expects to win!! Coach Callahan did tremendous things to improve the program at Lehigh, and I expect he will do the same at Dartmouth. By the time my class gets there, I expect Dartmouth will be competing at the top of Division One lacrosse and I am so excited to be a part of this.”
Outlook for 2015 HS season? “We were rebuilding last year. However, we are returning many players who gained a lot of experience last year. We also have a lot of very talented underclassman coming up, so I believe the next two years will be exciting for DWest lacrosse!”
Other comments: “I would like to thank my parents, my sister and all of my extended family for always supporting me.
“In terms of Lacrosse, first and foremost, I thank Coach Tom Slate. I would not be playing Division I lacrosse without his coaching or recruiting help!! Coach Slate has great relationships with many Division one college coaches. Coach Slate is a true teacher of the game. He is always teaching me new things he learns from coaching at Lacrosse Evolution and Major League lacrosse.
“Coach Slate has taught me to have a strong work ethic (academically and athletically). Even in the off season, he always checks in with me to make sure I’m doing the right things to get better. Over the last two years, Coach continues to raise the bar with his expectations for all of his players, as they Evolve, which has prepared us all for the next level!
“I have been very fortunate to also have great assistant coaches. Coach Pat Harner and Scott Cullinan have helped me so much, at West and with Team Philadelphia. They have been true mentors to me, which I value so much!
“I played fall ball with HEADstrong this year. In this short time, Coach Brian Neary and all his coaches have taught me a lot and they have also helped me so much with recruiting. The tournaments and exposure this fall were awesome and helped me get a lot of college interest. I was very fortunate to have Coach Neary reaching out to colleges on my behalf.
“Coach Kevin Goforth with Philadelphia Freedom has coached me for many years. He has helped me grow as a player and a person, as well as helping me with recruiting.
“I would be remiss not to thank my youth coaches, who got me interested in lacrosse and who taught me to love the game. Coach Steve Poirer with WBYA, was the first person who taught me how to cradle the ball (and has recently given me great advice on recruiting). Coach Bob Miller with LYA coached and guided me for several years in youth lacrosse.”
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