By Owen Gotimer
Viva Loudoun College Intern
(December 24, 2013) – Broad Run High School senior Eric Corella has committed to play lacrosse at the University of Massachusetts Lowell beginning in the 2014-2015 academic year.
“UMass Lowell had what I was looking for in a school; it is a bigger school and has a lacrosse program,” said the 5-foot-9 Corella. “Academically, the physical therapy program is exactly what I was looking for. Athletically, it is going to be an honor to start the program. My teammates and I will be able to start traditions at the school.”
Corella and Stone Bridge High School senior Brian Failor will be two of the first lacrosse players to play for the Division I River Hawks.
In July 2013, UMass Lowell – which was formerly a Division II school – reclassified to become a member of the DI America East Conference. After the reclassification, the River Hawks named Ed Stephenson the first head coach.
“I would like to think I will add a positive presence to the midfield for the River Hawks,” said Corella who will play midfield and faceoff for Lowell. “I am able to face-off and make a difference there but I would not consider myself just the face off man. I like to play on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball in the midfield so hopefully, I can use that skill set to benefit the team.”
Corella will also try to help his Spartan team in 2014 as Broad Run is coming off a 2013 season where they made an appearance in the VHSL state semifinal after finishing 7-3 in the Cedar Run District. Corella is the fourth Spartan to commit to play lacrosse in college after midfielder Will Ervin, midfielder Josh Moore and defenseman Jimmy Hennessey.
“With this being my final year at BRHS, I want to be a better team captain on and off the field and lead the team to a state championship,” said Corella who plays club for Cavalier Lacrosse.
Corella says not only does he love playing lacrosse, but he is also a huge fan of the game.
“It is a huge relief to know that I am going to college to play the sport that I love,” Corella said. “The recruiting process was long, but I am extremely happy it worked out for me.”
Owen Gotimer is a graduate of Heritage High School in Leesburg and is currently a sophomore at Syracuse University. Follow Owen on Twitter (@BigO_Gotimer) for up-to-date college signings. Contact us if you want Owen to do an article on the college commitment of your favorite local athlete.