By Owen Gotimer
Viva Loudoun College Intern
(September 11, 2013) – Dominion High School senior Andrew Ashley has verbally committed to begin his college lacrosse career for the Christopher Newport Captains starting in the 2014-2015 school year.
“For me, the most important thing in picking a school was education,” said Ashley who will play attack for the Captains in 2015. “I wanted to find a school that I could picture myself going to and being successful at. CNU felt like a perfect fit. It is a very good school, had nice facilities, a beautiful campus, a good class size ratio, and I would be in a place that could help provide job opportunities after college.”
Ashley is, however, excited about the opportunities that he has been offered by what he calls an up-and-coming lacrosse program at D3 Christopher Newport, which made the NCAA tournament for the first time in the spring. CNU’s 2013 roster included A.J. Smith (FR/Loudoun County High School grad), Will Geise (FR/Loudoun Valley), Zakary Burkhard (SR/Heritage) and Michael Mabry (SO/Stone Bridge).
“I feel as if CNU’s lacrosse program is on the rise and is going to become a very good team, and wanted to be part of that,” the 5-foot-10, 175 pound Ashley said. “Coach Todd Boward was very welcoming and made me feel wanted which helped sell CNU.”
The Captains finished the 2013 season with an 8-9 record, accumulating 87 team assists primarily from rising junior John Thompson. A humble Ashley says that he prefers assisting his teammates to scoring his own goals.
“I believe that I will be a good leader and will push people around me to get better on and off the field,” said Ashley who plays his club lacrosse for Fuze. “I think the biggest things I’ll be able to add to the team are both my knowledge of finding the open man and my determination.”
Finding the opening is something that Ashley should have more of an opportunity with this year as two of the Titan’s big threats from the 2013 team, in Brett Bushman and Cody Farmer, graduated.
“Last year I didn’t feel as if I got some of the respect I felt I deserved. Granted it’s not easy when you’re playing with a number of the best players in the district including an All-American in Jack Flynn,” Ashley said. “My goals for myself this year are to be first team All-District and All-Region and to be top 10 in assists in the Met. I would rather have 60 assists than 60 goals. As for Dominion our goal is very simple: state champs.”
Dominion who fell in the state semifinal last year after claiming a sectional championship look to improve upon their 2013 season in which they finished 7-1 in the Dulles District. Ashley hopes that through hard work and support he and his team can do just that.
“Both my mom and my dad have been great role models in my life,” Ashley said. “All of the success that I have had is due to them and their support.”
Owen Gotimer is a graduate of Heritage High School in Leesburg and is currently a sophomore at Syracuse University. Contact us if you want Owen to do an article on the college commitment of your favorite local athlete.