Matt Harris, Briar Woods / photo by Aaron Wyche
Ashburn, VA (August 20, 2015) – Briar Woods’ junior attack Matt Harris has committed to play lacrosse for Colgate University beginning the 2017-2018 academic school year.
“The recruiting experience was challenging at first as the entire process was new to me and I had to learn on the fly, said Harris. There were a lot of decisions to be made on where to play, what camps to sign up for, and reaching out to and following up with a lot of emails to coaches.”
“It was a huge relief to finally make my decision though. Now I can focus on continually getting better by improving my game and strength in order to impact the success of my of my Briar Woods Falcons team, and soon to follow Colgate Raiders squad.”
Colgate is located on a 575-acre campus in the Central New York town of Hamilton (named America’s 11th friendliest town by Forbes Magazine in 2012). Colgate offers 54 undergraduate concentrations leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree, in addition to 22 semester-long off-campus study programs in places like Australia, China, India and several Western European counties. In its 2015 edition, U.S. News and World Report ranked Colgate as the 22nd best liberal arts college in the country.
“There were many factors that went into my decision to commit, said Harris, but most importantly I wanted to find a college that afforded me the best education possible and the opportunity to play lacrosse at a high level.”
Harris’ head lacrosse coach will be Mike Murphy. Named to his first head coaching position in July 2011, Murphy led the 2012 Raiders to a Patriot League regular-season title en route to the best campaign in program history. Colgate finished 14-4, including a 6-0 road mark, a 6-2 record against nationally ranked opponents, and a win over undefeated No. 1 Massachusetts in the opening round of the NCAA tournament. In just four season as Colgate’s head coach, Murphy posted two Patriot League regular season championships, one postseason title and two trips to the NCAA tournament.
“I am most thankful for my family for their support by taking me everywhere and providing the opportunities to be seen. I am thankful for my good friend Andrew Fowler who is always there pushing me to be my best. I would like to thank my high school coach, Bruce Lipson for helping me with my development as a youth and through high school to prepare me for the next level. I would also like to thank my VLC club team coach, John DiCamillo who helped me through the whole recruiting process; I would not have been able to do it without his assistance.”
When asked what advice he’s share with other pursuing their dream, Harris shared, “Just keep trying, work hard, and never give up.”
Please join us in wishing Matt Harris the very best in his success on the lacrosse field and in his pursuit of a business and computer science degree at Colgate University.
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