By K.I. Goldberg
TopLaxRecruits.com, Posted 10/12/13
Chattahoochee High School (GA) senior defenseman Nick Zakucia has made a commitment to play Division I lacrosse at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell.
Nick Zakucia ledger:
High School: Chattahoochee High School – Johns Creek, Georgia
Graduation Year: 2014
College Choice: University of Massachusetts – Lowell
Club Affiliation: LB3 2014 High School Elite – Atlanta, Georgia
Major Lacrosse Honors: 2013 Georgia 6A “All-State Honorable Mention”, 2012 Southern Showcase All-Star Game, 2013 Under Armour Shootout, 2013 Syracuse Shootout, 2013 Philly Showcase, 2013 Summer Jam, 2013 Mid-Summer Classic, 2013 Trilogy Academic Aces.; 2012 U-13 Jr. Cougar Lacrosse Head Coach, 2013 U-15 Jr. Cougar Lacrosse Head Coach, 2012/2013 Cougar-to-Cougar Mentor
Major of Study: Physical Therapy
Why did you choose UMass-Lowell? “For its academic standing, fantastic Physical Therapy Program, great city and campus, wonderful Head Coach!”
What are your thoughts on this past HS lacrosse season/team’s outlook for next season? “We finished the 2013 HS Season as Georgia 6A Playoff Quarter-Finalists after finishing the 2012 HS Season as Georgia 4A Playoff Quarter-Finalists. We fell short of our goal of making the State Championship Game this spring with a group that we believe had the ability to get there.
“Although we graduated 7-8 of our key starters this year, we are very excited about the upcoming players that will hopefully get us to the next level.”
Thank You: “I would first like to tell my parents how much I appreciate all of their time and support in helping me to reach my dream of playing at the D1 level – they were there every step of the way.
“I am convinced that my ability to play, and be recruited at the D1 level is owed completely to Liam Banks and the LB3 Atlanta Club Program. I have been blessed to be coached by exceptional coaches such as Liam Banks, John Zulberti and Brian Silcott. They, along with all of my LB3 coaches over the years demanded perfection and showed us how to bring that ability out in each and everyone of us. They taught us how to play “lacrosse” the right way and how to play as a team – not individuals. Their guidance, support, friendship and knowledge put me in the position to make this wonderful next step – I owe all of this to them!”
Other schools considered: Ithaca, St. John Fisher, Rollins
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