By K.I. Goldberg
TopLaxRecruits.com, Posted 2/6/16
South Lakes (VA) 2017 defenseman-LSM Matthew Hughes has made a verbal commitment to play Division I lacrosse at Mercer University.
Matthew Hughes profile:
High School: South Lakes High School, VA
Graduation Year: 2017
Position: Close D/LSM
College Choice: Mercer University
Club Affiliation: Team Maryland
2015 All-Conference 6A Liberty (Soph)
2014 All-Conference 6A Liberty (Frosh)
2015 Brine National High School All-American
2014 and 2015 WAVELAX Top 22
2015 All-Star Teams – MVP Towson, Maryland Showcase, NOVA Laxfest
What will you major in/study? “I’d like to combine my interest in health and fitness with sports marketing or physical therapy.”
Why did you choose Mercer? “I chose Mercer because it was the right fit for me and I liked the coaching staff. Coach (Kyle) Hannan has an up and coming program and great assistant coaches. I would like to help the coaches taker Mercer lacrosse to the next level. Mercer is a smaller sized school and I like the fact that I will get to know my teachers more personally since the classes are small. Also, it has great facilities and Mercer students really support their teams.”
HS team’s outlook for 2016 season? “I’m really looking forward to the season. We have a young team and not a lot of depth. If we keep everyone healthy and play smart lacrosse we could surprise some people. Our defense is young but experienced and our offense has more balance this year. We are looking to improve on face offs and our middies have been working really hard at that.”
Thank You: “I’d like to thank my high school coach, Craig Lunde, and the South Lakes coaching staff, for giving me opportunities to play at a young age and to help lead my team. I’d also like to thank Coach Brad Barber, Team Maryland, for his support, and Coach Rich Klares for his mentorship, recruiting guidance and advice. I can’t leave out my Youth coaches, Coach Kroll, Hildebrand, Curran and Degutis. They instilled in me a love for the game.”
Other schools considered: High Point, Holy Cross, Monmouth, Colgate
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