By Chris Goldberg
LILacrosseNews.com, Posted 9/18/11
Manhasset senior goalie Evan Molloy has made a verbal commitment to play Division I lacrosse at Syracuse University where he will become the fourth from his family to play for the Orange.
Evan Molloy log:
High School: Manhasset
Graduation Year: 2012
College Choice: Syracuse University
Club Affiliation(s): Long Island Express, Manhasset Maveriks
Major lacrosse honors: Jake Reed’s Nike Blue Chip, Espn RISE #24 Goaltender in the Nation. 65 saves 5 goals allowed in the 2011 season.
Academic honors: 1st Honor Roll, 2 time All- Academic Athlete.
What will you major in/study? “It’s always been my dream to be a sports broadcaster and Newhouse at Syracuse is the number one communications school in the country. I hope to major in communications or apply to the Whitman School of business and major in advertising.”
Why did you choose Syracuse? “Syracuse was my dream since I started playing lacrosse. My father and uncle both played there like my grandfather before them, so it’s always been in my blood. When I went to visit, the school was filled with so much history that you just couldn’t help but want to be a part of. Coaches John Desko, Roy Simmons and Lelan Rogers all made me feel right at home when I stepped on campus. I also liked the family feel the team had. The guys up there are really close. After seeing all that it was a no brainer.”
What is your HS team’s outlook for next year? “This lacrosse season Manhasset is going for nothing less than a state championship. After having our season cut short by long time rival Garden City last year our senior class is hungry and loaded with talent. I hope to anchor the defense in goal along with Bobby Duvnjak who is the top defenseman in the country. We have a strong and well balanced offense that is going to be run by attackmen Quinn Moroney and midfielder Ryan Matthews, who have been doing so for the past two years and have great chemistry. We have a lot of depth in both the senior and junior classes and should be strong on both sides of the ball.”
Additional comments: “I’d like to thank my family for helping me make the best decision both athletically and academically. I’d also like to thank Coach Bill Cherry for teaching me how to have a good work ethic on and off the field and supporting me this past year. I’d like to thank the Syracuse Lacrosse Coaching Staff. And a special thanks to T.”
Other Key Info: Evan’s grandfather is the late and legendary Kenneth Molloy Sr., a Syracuse All-American attackman in 1941 and 1942, and more importantly, a war hero, a Supreme Court Judge and the man that helped get Manhasset’s Jim Brown into Syracuse to play lacrosse.
Molloy was known for being a great supporter of athletics and is credited worldwide for being the benefactor for Brown and helping raise the money to get him a scholarship to play at Syracuse. Brown became a great lacrosse player at Syracuse, but of course became known as the greatest running back in football history. Brown later dedicated his autobiography to Molloy and invited him to present him for induction to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
During World War II Molloy was a lieutenant commander in the United States Navy and served on the PT 326 boat which had been assigned the dangerous mission of sabotage in Japan before Allied landings. He was awarded the Silver Star for gallantry.
Evan’s father, Jamie, was a standout goalie at Syracuse from 1977-80, an All-American in 1980, and a key member of an Orange team that went to the NCAA semifinals in 1980. Evan’s uncle, Kenneth Molloy, Jr, also was a standout attackman at Syracuse until and injury ended his career.