Conestoga Junior Connor Frisina Commits to UMass

By Chris Goldberg,

Conestoga junior attackman Connor Frisina has made a verbal commitment to play Division I lacrosse at the University of Massachusetts.

Frisina scored 16 goals last year for the Pioneers, helping them win the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association championship with a 24-2 record. He plays club lacrosse for Mesa Fresh 2012 and played on Team Philly 2010 at the King of the Hill Tournament. Last year he was a Fab 40 selection at the Philly Lacrosse Showcase.

Frisina plans to study sports management or business at UMass. He said he liked the team's camaraderie and the campus at Amherst.

"From the first tine I visited I knew it was the right place for me," he said. "The guys on the team like to interact with each other and it's one big family. I feel like if the guys can bond, they'll have a good team."

Frisina said Conestoga's success in recent years is due to the same type of close-knit feeling. He said the current junior and senior classes share that chemistry and credited youth and club coaches Rob Lord, Peter Rohr and Marty McGregor for helping cultivate the team's closeness over the years.

"Our class has been playing together since first grade when we used trash cans (for goals)," Frisina said. "We've had a tight bond ever since."

Frisina said he is anxious to play for another state title. Though the Pioneers lose a standout senior class, they have six seniors long stick midfielder Brian Dailey (Duke), defenseman Ben Karr (Ohio State), goalie John Lopes (Penn) and midfielders Tanner Scott (Duke), Billy Flatley (Georgetown) and Kevin Rudd (Bryant) that have committed to Division I colleges to go with the strong junior class.

"We're really excited," said Frisina. "We looked up to the senior so much and now we have a lot to prove. We want to go for another state title every year and I think we have the right guys to do it."


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