Seals caught the eye of Stevenson recruiters after making the all-star team at the Trilogy 24 Recruiting Tournament at Towson University. The Stevenson staff was then able to again see Seals play for Team California at the Brine National Lacrosse Classic. Following another solid performance, Seals received an offer from the school.
Seals points to coaching philosophy, a beautiful campus and athletic facilities, and championship pedigree as his reasons for choosing Stevenson.
“I had the opportunity to visit Stevenson University the past two summers and I came away impressed with the facilities and athletic history of the program” Seals states. “After speaking with Coach Cantabene I knew that Stevenson was the right place for me. He challenged me to get “bigger, stronger and faster” and that’s exactly my plan for my senior year. I have been very fortunate to play and be trained by some great coaches and that will continue during my next four years at Stevenson. To be able to attend a great school and compete for lacrosse championships at the same time is a dream come true.”
Servite head coach Tom O’Leary has watched Seals develop the last three years and thinks Stevenson is a great fit for him.
“Jack has worked extremely hard to get to this point in his life” O’Leary said by email. “This was his goal during our annual evaluations three years ago. I am blessed to be a part of this experience with him. A big congratulations to Jack, and his parents Bill and Amy for all the traveling they did with him to be recruited. A final congratulations to Stevenson University for acquiring such a great young man for the next four years.”
Last season, Seals helped pace the Friars to a 13-7 overall record. Servite’s season was highlighted by a 16-7 victory over Yorba Linda which marked the programs first ever playoff victory. This summer Seals burst onto the recruiting circuit while playing for the Angel City Hounds, Team California, and Trilogy ICE.
Stevenson University has won 5 consecutive Middle Atlantic Conference Championships (2013-2017) and in 2013 won the NCAA Division 3 National Championship. Last season, the Mustangs went 14-6 overall and advanced to the third round of the NCAA tournament where they fell 17-8 to RIT.