John Farina-Morelos, a senior midfielder/attack has committed to play NCAA Division 3 lacrosse at Carthage College in Kenosha, WI. Farina-Morelos is a throwback two-way player who is equally effective on offense and defense.
John’s twin brother Joe will also be playing men’s lacrosse at the next level. Joe is committed to play at Notre Dame de Namur.
“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 Carthage Redmen compete in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin against Augustana, Carroll, Elmhurst, Illinois Wesleyan, Millikin, North Central, North Park and Wheaton (IL). Carthage earned a trip to the 2016 NCAA tournament by winning the CCIW championship, ending the season with a 10-10 overall record (4-1 in CCIW).
Farina-Morelos on his decision to commit to Carthage:
What attracted you to Carthage College?
I really liked Carthage because of the academic opportunities the school offers. I like the small class size and the ability to study abroad. I was really welcomed by the coaches and the team and the school has a great lacrosse program. It really felt like home.
What are your personal and team goals for this season? My personal goals this pre-season are to really focus on my strength and conditioning so that I am completely prepared for the season. This season I want to lead the team in assists. My goal for our team is to really work on our ball movement, get everyone involved. We want to win the Trinity league and have a good run in the playoffs.
Anybody you’d like to thank?
I would like to thank my parents who have given me the opportunity to play this sport. They have sacrificed weekends upon weekends getting me to training and tournaments. Thank you to my Servite coaches, Coach O’Leary and Coach Hutnick who over the past four years have helped grow as a player and as an individual. I also want to thank Coach Tom Demaio for coaching me and giving me the opportunities to play and travel to great tournaments. Lastly, I would like to thank the Servite community for guiding me to be the person I am today.