Andrew Maita, a rising senior defenseman and captain for St. Margarets Episcopal School, has committed to play NCAA Division III lacrosse for Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia. A four-year letterman, Maita was a member of the Tartans’ 2015 Southern Section championship team.
“We are very excited about Andrew’s decision to attend Washington and Lee University,” St. Margaret’s head coach Glen Miles said by text message. “I played against Washington and Lee when I was in college and I always thought it was such a cool school. It is a great academic school and the lacrosse team is very good every year. Great decision for both Washington and Lee and for Andrew.”
Maita was being recruited by a number of Division III and MCLA programs including Bowdoin, Middlebury, Williams, Boston College, and Georgia Tech. Ultimately, Maita’s decision to commit to Washington and Lee was based on the schools challenging academics, beautiful campus and location, and strong lacrosse program.
“My college search has been to find both the right school academically and athletically” Maita explained. “The Washington and Lee lacrosse program has a long, respected history and excellent coaches. Washington and Lee Coaches Gene McCabe, Mark Miller and Eric Koch have been awesome throughout the recruiting process, they have provided an inside look at being on the team and they run a program similar to St. Margaret’s with a focus on developing players both on and off the field.”
Maita, originally from Summit, New Jersey (a town with a rich lacrosse history), started playing lacrosse when he was in the 3rd grade. After relocating with his family to Southern California in the 6th grade, Maita joined the St. Margaret’s and Victory Lacrosse youth programs where he was first introduced to his high school coach Miles.
“Coaches Glen Miles and Mark Warren have been a strong influence on my development both on and off the field for the past 6 years. While my level of play has improved, I’ve also learned from them how to compete with integrity, push ourselves to achieve, always put the team first and become both an informal and formal team leader.”
Maita was also a member of the FCA, OC Kings, and SoCal Express club teams.
“The SoCal Express coaches Adam Guy and Paddy Chester have been great at developing team play and have been very supportive.”
Maita was not only influenced by his coaches, his teammates had a positive impact on him as well.
“I’ve had the opportunity to play with many great players at St. Margaret’s that showed me how to compete at the elite level our program demands,” Maita said. “ A few impactful role models, that also continue to compete at the collegiate level, include Fernando Delgado (Villanova), Kevin Cox (Air Force), Payton Fales (Colby), Zach Shor (Cal – Berkeley), Erik Suh (St. John’s) and Nick Totah (Chapman).”
Last season Washington and Lee went 8-1 in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference with a 10-7 overall record.