By Owen Gotimer
Viva Loudoun College Intern
(October 24, 2013) – Stone Bridge High School senior lacrosse goalie Brain Failor has committed to play at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.
Failor will play for the River Hawks in their inaugural NCAA Division I lacrosse season during the 2014-2015 school year.
“It is very comforting to know that all the hard work, in the classroom and on the field, is paying off,” the 5-foot-11 Failor said. “UMass Lowell continues to climb in national rankings, [academically]. Their support for the students is obvious, as there are several brand new buildings and dorms, and even more to come.”
Established in 1894, the university’s athletic teams participated in the Division II Northeast-10 Conference until the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year when the River Hawks reclassified to compete in the Division I America East Conference.
With the transition from DII to DI, the River Hawks added both men’s and women’s lacrosse teams back to their school after discontinuing the programs following the 1989 season. In late July, UMass Lowell officials announced that former Towson star Ed Stephenson would take the reigns of the men’s lacrosse program.
“I really admire Coach Stephenson and his high regard for academics and character,” said Failor who plays club for Cavaliers Lacrosse.
Failor and Stephenson will have to wait until the 2018 season before they will be eligible for the postseason as NCAA teams must undergo a reclassification process when changing divisions.
Fortunately for Failor, Stone Bridge is eligible for the postseason in 2014 so he will get a chance to help the Bulldogs attempt to win a regional playoff game which they have failed to do since Failor began high school in 2010.
“We will play as a team and give maximum effort every time we step on the field,” the Ashburn-native said. “The chemistry we build will be the key to success.”
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.