Jonathan Partamian, a rising junior midfielder at Loyola, has committed to play college lacrosse at Syracuse University.
A member of the Cubs’ varsity squad as a freshman, Partamian truly blossomed during his sophomore year last spring, scoring 35 goals and recording 20 assists as Loyola went 15-4 and swept through the Mission League at 8-0. Partamian earned first-team all-Mission honors, one of three Loyola sophomores to do so.
— West Coast Starz (@WestCoastStarz) July 30, 2015
Though he already had attracted interest from college programs such as Maryland and Yale, an all-star performance earlier this month at the Maverik Showtime recruiting event in Connecticut put him on Syracuse’s radar. It wasn’t long before he knew where he wanted to go to school.
“The program, the coaches — it’s a true community,” Partamian said. “They’ve only had four head coaches ever over a 100-something year span, and all the coaches are alumni. I really felt comfortable there.”
Partamian compared the sense of community he felt in visiting Syracuse to that of Loyola, where alumni remain involved and everyone rallies around the school and the program.
“The Syracuse staff is there to stay,” he said. “That attracted me a lot, knowing that the coaches who recruited me will be the ones coaching me, the peace of mind knowing that Coach Desko and Coach Donahue and Coach Rogers will be there.” John Desko is head coach of the Orange, with Kevin Donahue coaching the offense and Lelan Rogers the defense.
Partamian is the second L.A. area player to be recruited to Syracuse recently — LSM/D Jonah Swigart of Agoura will enroll at Syracuse this fall. Middie Spencer Schmitt of San Diego’s Cathedral Catholic was the only Californian on the 2015 Orange roster.
“Syracuse is getting a strong athlete with a lot of potential,” Loyola coach Seth Cohen said. “The next two years of high school lacrosse will be crucial for Jonathan’s development. We’re excited to watch his game grow and hopeful about what his contributions will mean for Loyola lacrosse.”
Jonathan Partamian, M, Loyola (Calif.) / @WestCoastStarz committed to Syracuse. Stud 2017 athlete and great shooter out of Los Angeles area.
— Ty Xanders (@tyxanders) July 30, 2015
Xanders first wrote about Partamian back in January after the Adrenaline Challenge.
“I have to say a big thanks to Jono Zissi and Scott Hochstadt [of Adrenaline and West Coast Starz],” Partamian said. Partamian has been part of the Adrenaline program for some time, playing with the old L.A. Lazers and more recently with Goon, the L.A. Heat and West Coast Starz.
Earlier this summer, Partamian took part in the Adrenaline BlackCard and Platinum Cup events in Philadelphia and the Adrenaline Challenge tournament in Colorado Springs, in addition to Showtime. Next week, he’ll play with the Baltimore Crabs in the Lake Placid Summit. “That one’s just for fun,” he said. “A chance to let my hair down a bit.”
After that, it’s back to Loyola and two more years with what is a very talented — and still pretty young — roster.
“The Loyola program has grown by leaps and bounds in the last two years,” Partamian said. “Our coaches have really elevated our program to place where it can compete in L.A. It’s a testament to Coach Cohen and Coach [Brett] Tietjen.”
Partamian is the first — but almost certainly not the last — player from that roster to commit to a top-flight Division I lacrosse program.