By Craig Forsythe
LILacrosseNews.com, Posted 11/19/11
Patchogue-Medford senior goalie Renee Negrin has committed to play Division III lacrosse at St. Joseph’s College.
Renee Negrin log:
High-School: Patchogue-Medford High School
Graduation Year: 2012
Position: 3 Year starting varsity goalie, but I can also play defense and attack
College Choice: St. Joseph’s College – Patchogue Campus
Major lacrosse honors: County awards- Unsung Hero, All League, Section XI awards- MVP, Captain, 3 Varsity Letters.
Academic Honors: National Honor Society, National society of high school scholars, Honor roll every quarter since 9th grade.
Major: Math Education, with a minor in Spanish.
Why did you choose St. Joseph’s College? “I chose St. Joseph’s College for a few reasons. First off, I have wanted to go there since I was in kindergarten. I remember sitting there at snack time telling my best friend how I was going to St. Joseph’s and there was no doubt about it. As I got older, my fantasy became reality. I realized that it was actually possible for me to go there based on my grades and my major. I feel I’m meant to further my studies at this school because everything just keeps falling into place.
Once I started playing lacrosse I fell in love with the sport and thought I was going to have to find a different school, but at the end of my junior year I found out St. Joseph’s was building a girls lacrosse program. I then filled out an application of interest form and within days I received a phone call from Coach (Bob) Vlahakis. I met with him over the summer and took a tour of the campus, which I loved. I like that the class sizes aren’t large, therefore I can develop a relationship with my professors. I really enjoyed my visit there because everyone was so friendly and willing to help me.”
Most importantly, after talking with Coach Vlahakis for just a short period of time, I knew I wanted to further my lacrosse career with him as my coach. I like his coaching philosophy and the fact that after knowing him for only an hour I felt like I had known him for years. He is a really nice guy and easy to talk to and I think that’s important in order to have a successful season. Now I’m actually going through the admissions process and Coach V has been there to help me every step of the way.”
What’s the outlook for your high school team? “Based on our schedule I think we definitely have the potential to make playoffs this season. We haven’t made the playoffs in years and now that I’m a senior this is the last opportunity I’ll have to make playoffs as a Raider. I don’t think this goal is out of reach. It’s just going to take a lot of hard work, time, and commitment, but if we can do that and play for a full 50 minutes I definitely think we can make playoffs this year.”
Additional comments: “First, I would like to thank Bob Conroy for getting me into lacrosse. At first, I refused to play, but he got me to change my mind and I’m glad he didn’t give up because I fell in love with the sport.
I would also like to thank my Parents for being there for me every step of the way and supporting me through everything I’ve done while not letting me give up. They showed me you can do anything if you set your mind to it.
Next, I would like to thank Cat Zanni, my middle school coach at Saxton for helping shape me to become the athlete I am today and putting her trust in me when I begged to try goalie mid-game. Lastly I would like to thank Ralph Tubello and Tom Anello, my varsity coaches since my sophomore year. I have learned so much from them in the past few years and not even on just the lacrosse level, but on the real World level. Although practices are serious, I still have so much fun and I couldn’t have asked for a better high school career. Thanks to you guys believing in me, telling me, “I can play at that next level,” and pushing me, I am playing at that next level.”