St. Margaret’s senior goalie Zane Handy has committed to play lacrosse at the collegiate level for Illinois Tech in Chicago. The team will be playing its inaugural season as an NCAA DIII school in the 2020 season.
“I chose IIT because I knew it would give me the greatest opportunity for success after college in pursuing a career as an architect,” Handy said. “I’m excited to be a part of a new program, and I think this school will allow me to pursue my goals athletically and academically. “
Handy has proven his abilities to play at the next level as the Tartans’ starting goalie since 2016, his sophomore year. He has notched a total of 478 saves in his high school career. So far this 2019 season he has 156 saves with a season high of 17 against Foothill. His save percentage is higher than 65%.
“I am so happy for Zane,” said St. Margaret’s head coach Glen Miles. “He has been one of the hardest working players that we’ve had here at St. Margaret’s. Illinois Tech is a great school, and he is following his dreams academically. He is also going to be a huge asset to their NCAA lacrosse program.”
Illinois Tech head coach Dan Sharbaugh is just as excited to have Zane in his program, as he actively recruited him this past year.
“We cannot wait to have Zane join our new program in the fall,” Sharbaugh said. “We are committed to finding student athletes who are looking to take a holistic approach to their career as a college athlete, and Zane fits that profile. He is no doubt a very talented player, but he also holds himself to a high standard in all areas of life that we have seen. We will never sacrifice character in our quest for talent, and with Zane we are convinced we are getting the full package.”
As a player in startup program when he was in college, Sharbaugh has a clear image of the culture he wants to create at Illinois Tech.
“We will emphasize that this experience will go far beyond the classroom over the next four years and will provide them the skills and knowledge necessary to be successful for the rest of their lives,” he said.
Illinois Tech Scarlet Hawks will begin competing in the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference in the spring 2020 season.
Courtesy of St. Margarets Boys Lacrosse