Two L.I. Juniors Commit to Hopkins, Duke

By Chris Goldberg,

Two Long Island-area juniors have made verbal commitments to the colleges they hope to attend. Garden City attackman Justin Guterding plans to play lacrosse at Duke, while Yorktown defenseman Trevor Koelsch is headed to Johns Hopkins.

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Justin Guterding
High School: Garden City
Graduation Year: 2013
Position: Attackman
College Choice: Duke

Major lacrosse honors: Nike Blue Chip, Warrior 40, had 10 goals and 20 assists for Long Island Class 'B' Champions

Academic honors: 1st Honor Roll

What will you major in/study? I am not completely sure yet but I am thinking of business and hope to work on Wall Street.

Why did you choose this school? "I chose Duke for the education. I also have a great opportunity to win a national championship. The coaching staff just made my decision so much easier by the way they treated me when I went on my visit. I had no doubt in my mind it is the place for me.

What is your high school team's outlook for next year? "I expect our team to get back to the state finals next year we have a great returning offensive group with hopefully Devin Dwyer and myself running the offense. Another great attackmen who will finish the ball in clutch spots is Liam Kennedy. Last but not least we also have our face-off man Rob Savage who will get possession for us 80% of the time and our next returning stud Pat Berkery, who will dominate on big stages once again."

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Trevor Koelsch
High School: Yorktown High School
Graduation Year: 2013
Position: Close Defense
College Choice: Johns Hopkins
Club Affiliation: No Limit Ballers

Major lacrosse honors: All Section, All league, MSG First Team, Inside Lacrosse Top Fifty Juniors, Jake Reed Nike Blue Chip, Showtime

Academic honors: High Honor roll

What will you major in/study? "I have not decided yet but the financial industry interests me."

Why did you choose this school?

"I really liked the extremely strong math and science programs, along with the opportunity to play for a team with a legitimate chance to win a D-1 championship every year.

"Meeting with Coach (Dave) Pietramala and then speaking with him more, I feel he will get the best out of me academically and on the lacrosse field. People have said to me you play lacrosse for 4 years and then have a career for 40, and I am confident that a Hopkins degree and its strong alumni network will prepare me well for the 40 years after lacrosse.

"Also I am very proud to be part of the strong tradition of Yorktown players going on to play at Hopkins, like Head Coach Dave Marr, Defensive Coach Rob Doerr, Chris Watson, and (Hopkins associate head coach) Coach Bill Dwan.

What is your high school team's outlook for next year?

"Although we lost two All Americans on the offensive side we return a lot of players on both sides of the field, giving us a very balanced team. If we work hard and play like a team we can meet our goals, which are the same every year, win the Murphy Cup, win the Section, and win a State Championship.

"We have a veteran attack line, led by Connor Gately at X, which will drive our offense. Our defense will be physical and smart and limit scoring opportunities. Playing together as an entire team rather than relying on a few individuals, combined with exceptional coaching, will enable us to meet our goals for the upcoming season."


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