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Two seniors from the Conejo Valley signed letters of intent with top-level Division I lacrosse programs during the early signing period this month. Jonah Swigart, a defenseman from Agoura, signed with Syracuse, and Jesse Cuccia, a midfielder from Westlake, signed with North Carolina.

Swigart (6-foot-5, 180 pounds) committed to the Orange a year ago, during the fall of his junior season. He also considered Denver, Jacksonville and Harvard. Sean Lindsay, Swigart’s coach at Agoura, was an All-American at Syracuse.

Named a US Lacrosse All-American and first-team all-Marmonte League as a junior, Swigart plays for the LA Mavericks and is a member of the Adrenaline Tropics and West Coast Starz.

Cuccia, who plays locally with the Goon Elite club and played last summer with the Long Island Sting club team, initially committed to Boston University until the Tar Heels showed late interest.

Jesse Cuccia, Westlake
A strong summer opened up opportunities for Westlake’s Jesse Cuccia (13).

“North Carolina was my first choice, and they didn’t offer me a scholarship,” Cuccia told The Acorn. “UNC already had its 2015 and 2016 recruiting classes set. One guy decommitted to go to Notre Dame, and I was the first guy they called. I was so happy and stressed at the same time. I gave BU my word, and I didn’t want to let them down.”

But a recruiting visit to the Chapel Hill, N.C., campus sealed the deal for the 6-2, 190-pound athlete, who also excels as a defensive back and receiver for the Westlake football team. He caught 22 passes for 444 yards and three touchdowns this fall for the Warriors.

Update: We’ve been informed that Swigart does not play for Goon. Correct information noted above. Thanks.