Three Philadelphia Area Juniors Make Verbal Commitments

By Chris Goldberg,

Three Philadelphia area high school juniors -- from Strath Haven, Haverford School, and Malvern Prep -- have made verbal commmitments to play for Division I teams.

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Strath Haven junior goaltender Steve Brodeur has made a verbal commitment to play at Lehigh University. Brodeur was a Second-Team Central League pick last year for the Panthers, who advanced to the District 1 tournament. Brodeur, who plays club lacrosse for Twist, played in the Eastern Pennsylvania Scholastic Lacrosse association Showcase in June.

Brodeur, an Honor student, also considered Bucknell, Georgetown, Drexel, and Fairfield. He hopes to major in Environmental Science at Lehigh, coached by Kevin Cassese.

"I chose Lehigh because of its academic excellence," Brodeur said. "I really liked coach Cassese and his staff, and I'm excited to work with coach (Brendan) Callahan, the goalie coach. The size of the school is perfect for me, and the campus is really nice. After my visit to Lehigh I knew that I wanted to go there."

Brodeur is confident Lehigh is primed to become a Division I playoff contender. "Lehigh is a program on the rise and they definitely have the potential to (reach) national prominence," he said. "They have the coaching and talent to do so, and I'm looking forward to helping the team achieve this goal.

Brodeur also believes the Panthers can be a factor in the Central League race in 2011. "This year we will have a lot of leadership on defense," he said. "We lost some scorers on offense due to graduation, but we have a lot of young guys looking to step up this year and fill those spots. If we work hard I think we could have a really good season."

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Haverford School junior midfielder Sam Rohr has made a verbal commitment to play the University of Pennsylvania. Rohr was a Second-Team Inter-Ac League pick last year for the Fords, who shared the league crown with Malvern Prep and finished in the Top 10 in several national polls.

Rohr, who plays club lacrosse for Mesa Fresh 2012, made the Fab Forty team in the Philly Lacrosse Showcase last year while also being picked for the Eastern Pennsylvania Scholastic Lacrosse Association Showcase this year.

Rohr becomes the fourth Haverford School junior to commit to a Division I college. The others are Connor and Warner Bailey (defensemen, Georgetown), and midfielder Will McNamara (Virginia).

Rohr also will follow two Haverford School seniors face-off specialist Joe McCallion and attackman Hup Hupfeldt to Penn. Nine other Haverford School seniors have committed to Division I colleges.

Rohr also considered Duke, Notre Dame, Harvard, Princeton, Georgetown and Yale. A High Honors student, he plans to study Business and hopes to enter the prestigious Wharton School. He also was impressed with second-year head coach Mike Murphy and the Quakers' staff, which includes Jason Archbell, Mike Keating and Cory Coffman.

"My visit was amazing; I really loved the campus," Rohr said. "Franklin Field was unbelievable and the guys on the team are great. I definitely see myself being part of that team. Coach Murphy is an outstanding coach and the rest of the coaching staff made it an opportunity I couldn't pass up. They have an unbelievable business school and I'd love to have the chance to study there."

Rohr believes Murphy can turn Penn into a power. "There is no doubt about that," he said. "The freshman class right now is unbelievable and the class ahead of me is unbelievably talented. With that staff, they have all the right tools to turn that program around."

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