Recent PA Verbal Commitments to Division I Schools

By Russ Atkinson,

Malvern Prep rising senior attackman T.J. Hanzsche has verbally committed to play Division I lacrosse at the United States Naval Academy. Hanzsche earned 2010 Honorable Mention All-Inter-Ac honors and helped the Friars (13-8) share the Inter-Ac League championship with Haverford School. He plays club lacrosse for Team HEADstrong.

Hanzsche chose the Naval Academy, located in Annapolis, for its historic academic reputation, top-rated sports programs and his desire to serve his country as a naval officer upon graduation.

"I chose the Naval Academy because I felt like it was the best fit for me and my future," Hanzsche said. "Coach Meade and his staff were very supportive throughout the process. I also liked the strong sense of commitment and camaraderie among everyone that I met on the team when I visited last summer and again in the fall."

Hanzsche has been on the honor roll at Malvern each year and is a member of the National Honor Society. He chose Navy over Villanova, Yale, Dartmouth, Princeton, Bryant and Army.

After sharing the title in 2010 (Malvern also shared the title with Haverford in 2009 and won it outright in 2008), Hanzsche feels there is a great opportunity for Malvern to compete again for the Inter-Ac championship next year.

"We dropped a couple of games this year that we wish we had back," he said. "Next season we will have a strong nucleus of returning players from this year's team. We are playing together in a tournament later this month, and it will be the unofficial beginning of our 2011 season. I'm sure that Coach (Dan) Keating will have us ready for another tough schedule."

Hanzsche is one of seven Malvern Prep players to sign or commit to Division I colleges. The others are 2010 high school All-American goalie Andrew O'Connell and midfielder Ryan Creighton (North Carolina), 2009 and 2010 high school All-American midfielder Bobby Hill (Virginia), All-State defenseman Henry Lobb (Duke), midfielder Mark Jackson (Villanova), defenseman Jack Moran (St. Joseph's) and junior face-off specialist Drew Kennedy (Johns Hopkins).

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By Chris Goldberg,

St. Joseph's Prep rising junior midfielder Jeff Heath has made a verbal commitment to play Division I lacrosse at the University of Delaware. Heath was a first-team all-Catholic League South Division pick this year. He scored 43 goals and helped the Hawks finish 12-8, reach the Catholic League finals and earn a spot in the PA Media Rankings Top 10.

"I chose Delaware because I like how it's close to home, but still has that out of state feel," he said. "The coaching staff was really nice and it was just a great fit. I really like the CAA (Colonial Athletic Association)."

This year was a good for the Blue Hens and veteran coach Bob Shillinglaw, who led Delaware to the CAA championship and into the NCAA playoffs.

Heath said he plans to major in Business. "I have had Delaware on my radar since it made the Final Four (in 2007)," he said. "The team is real nice and the atmosphere is cool."

Heath plays for the Duke's Lacrosse Club and last year was chosen to participate in the Eastern Pennsylvania Scholastic Lacrosse Association Showcase. He was pleased with the Hawks' season, noting the team won games against nationally-ranked St. Anthony's (N.Y.) and Philly powers Malvern Prep, Episcopal Academy and Emmaus.

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