Servite senior Joe Farina-Morelos has committed to play NCAA Division 2 lacrosse at Notre Dame de Namur. Farina-Morelos plays midfield and attack for the Friars. He is a hard-nosed two-way player who gets it done on both ends of the field.
Joe’s twin brother John will also be playing men’s lacrosse at the next level. John is committed to play at Carthage College.
“These two young men have such similar playing styles that it only made sense for two collegiate programs to benefit from their verbal commitments”, Servite head coach Tom-O’Leary said by email. “Joe and John have been the definition of gritty, scrappy players for Servite and several top tier select teams in Orange County. Their size often will lead competitors judging them before facing their tenacious, physical playing style in between the lines. The Farina-Morelos twins are extremely hard to guard on offense, while being devastatingly valiant on defense. The ground ball game in lacrosse is an extremely physical and pivotal part of a team’s success. The Farina-Morelos twins play as though they are ten feet tall, and will go toe to toe with anyone in front of them. From a positional standpoint, Joe and John are the ultimate utility player. I wish them both the best of luck at the next level, and congratulate two NCAA programs on their acquisitions.”
The Notre Dame de Namur Argonauts compete as an independent. Their 2017 NCAA schedule includes games against Whittier, Colorado Mesa, Tampa, Lees-McCrae, University of Alabama-Huntsville, Florida Tech, Georgian Court, Dominican (NY) and St. Thomas Aquinas. The Argonauts finished 2016 with a 3-9 record.
What attracted you to Notre Dame de Namur? What attracted me to NDNU was the family feel and sense of community that the school embodies. I want to major in graphic design and NDNU has a great program in this discipline. I like that it is a small school. I know I will be focused on school and have the ability to also play lacrosse.
What are your personal and team goals for this season? My personal goals this season are to be a leader on and off the field. I want to make an impact on both on offense and defense. Our team goal is the same every year; we want to win the Trinity league and make a run in the playoffs.
Anybody you’d like to thank? I’d like to thank Coach O’Leary and Coach Demaio for all their help and support and pushing me to be a better person and player. I want to thank all my teachers at Servite who challenged me every day to become a better student and leader. Lastly, I want to thank my parents for being there for me and supporting me in everything I have done.