Palos Verdes middie Peter Henkhaus commits to Marquette

Junior midfielder Peter Henkhaus became the fourth member of the Palos Verdes squad — and third from the Class of 2016 — to commit to an NCAA Division I school to play lacrosse when he announced for Marquette.

Though small in stature, the 5-foot-7, 150-pound Henkhaus plays big. He had 26 goals and 15 assists as a sophomore for the Sea Kings, helping PV to the U.S. Lacrosse L.A. championship. He had 8 goals and 10 assists as a freshman.

“Petey is a very shifty middie/attack player who plays huge in big games,” PV coach Jimmy Borell said, “He really turned it on in the playoffs last year and was our leading scorer in the playoffs, actually.”

“I’ve been watching him play since sixth grade,” PV coach Jimmy Borell said, “and he was always so much smaller then everyone, which gave him an advantage because he was always thinking one step ahead, always anticipating and using his quickness to evade defenders.”

Pete Henkhaus’ older brother Zach (Palos Verdes 2012) will be a junior at Bucknell next spring. Borell said the brothers are very different players.

“[Petey] uses his quickness to beat defenders, where Zach was extremely fast and strong and was more of a downhill dodger,” Borell said. “Zach was our vocal leader and two-time captain and one of the hardest workers I’ve had go through my program, and Petey has that same work ethic.”

Henkhaus considered Delaware and Hobart before choosing Marquette, which this spring will enter its third season of NCAA play and second in the Big East Conference, alongside schools like Denver, St. John’s, Villanova, Rutgers, Georgetown and Providence. Henkhaus’ Palos Verdes teammate Jarrett Jones, an LSM/D in the 2016 class, is committed to Georgetown.

PV midfielder Stanton Gilbertson (2015) is committed to Hobart, and defender Shane Sharp (2016) is committed to Lafayette.