St. Margaret’s senior Riley Chester recently committed to study and play NCAA Division 1 lacrosse a Monmouth University in West Long Branch, New Jersey.
“The coaches are awesome and it is a very good program. The team is very close and has a great culture,” Chester said.
Chester noted that the campus environment and the opportunity to stay close to his brother Hayden, who will also attend Monmouth, factored into his decision.
“The campus is very nice and the location is all I could have asked for. The outside town is very nice. And to be going to school with my brother and a very close friend that just topped it off,” Chester said.
Chester finished his junior year with 33 goals and 17 assists, as he helped St. Margaret’s reach the CIF-SS Division 1 quarterfinals. In addition to playing lacrosse, Chester is on the Tartans’ surf team.
Chester will team up with Corona Del Mar standout Ty Caffarelli at Monmouth. Cafferelli committed to the Hawks in December of 2020.
“It’s going to be sick to play with Ty. We have played together for a while. We go way back to the Surf Dawg days and then this summer we teamed up for Mad Dog. Getting that connection going early is gonna be great and I’m excited for the next 4 years with Ty,” Chester said.
Last year, Monmouth went 8-3 overall and 4-2 in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) play. The Hawks won their second MAAC Tournament championship in 2021 by defeating Manhattan 12-9 in the championship game before falling to North Carolina in the first round of the NCAA Tournament 16-4.