Marco Napolitano a sophomore LSM/D at Torrey Pines High School, recently announced his commitment to attend and play NCAA Division 1 lacrosse at Lafayette College in Easton, PA.
The combination of highly competitive academics and lacrosse at the Patriot League school sealed the decision for Napolitano.
“As I was going through the recruiting process, my main priority was to combine playing the sport I love at the highest level with great academics,” he said by email. “Being in the Patriot League, Lafayette offers the opportunity to play the best teams in the country and earn an automatic qualifier to the NCAA tournament. In addition, Lafayette is a premier institution academically and will allow me to pursue the major of my choice. The campus is quite nice and I felt right at home from the moment I stepped foot on campus. I was fortunate enough to visit several other schools and I felt like Lafayette was the perfect fit. Lastly, the coaching staff was great and I feel like I can help contribute to the program Coach Rogalski is looking to build.”
— Torrey Pines Mens’ L (@torreypineslax) December 7, 2016
With three years of high school ball left to play, Napolitano is focused on returning the CIF championship to Torrey Pines before he transitions from Falcon to Leopard. Torrey Pines has fallen to Poway in each of the last two title games.
“I have one goal, be able to contribute to Torrey Pines winning a CIF championship,” Napolitano wrote. “I am committed to improving my game and contributing in anyway the coaching staff asks of me to achieve that goal. Being so close last year only fueled my passion even more to get over the hump and help bring home the championship for our school. I know that it would mean a lot for the seniors this year and the coaches if we could finally bring one home for Torrey Pines.”
Napolitano also took some time to thank those who have helped him get to the milestone of the verbal commitment.
“I have been very fortunate to have great coaches while I was growing up, they helped instill the fundamentals and fuel my passion for the sport,” he said. “My first coach, Eric “Smitty” Smith was instrumental in starting me on this journey. Coach Tommy Duerr has been a great supporter and coach throughout the years. And of course, Coach Jono Zissi who has been instrumental in my development and without his support I wouldn’t be where I am today. I have also had great teammates throughout the years which has made my lacrosse experience all the better. Lastly, I would like to thank my family who have always provided all the support and guidance I could have hoped for. Without them I wouldn’t have even been able to play lacrosse at all, and pursue my dreams as I go off to play college lacrosse and continue on my journey of life.”