By K.I. Goldberg
LILacrossenews.com, Posted 8/16/13
Wilson High School (PA) rising senior midfielder Matthew Close (LI Sting) has made a commitment to play Division I lacrosse at Lafayette College.
Matthew Close log:
High School: Wilson High School, West Lawn, Pennsylvania
Graduation Year: 2014
College Choice: Lafayette College
Club Affiliations: Long Island Sting-2013, Twist Lacrosse-2010-2012
Major lacrosse honors, camps and showcases: US Lacrosse All-American 2013;
2013 League MVP-Berks League;
2013 1st Team All-League-Berks Midfield;
2013 Team Captain;
All-Star Team-MVP Team Tournament, U of Delaware 2013;
All-Star Team-Brown Camp 2013;
2012 1st Team All-League Berks Face-Off;
2012 2nd Team All-League Berks Midfield;
2011 2nd Team All-League Berks Face-Off;
2011 Honorable Mention All-League Berks Midfield
What will you major in/study? Business/Economics
Why did you choose Lafayette? “Lafayette offers everything I am looking for in a College education. Lafayette is an unbelievable academic school and I wanted to play lacrosse in the Patriot League. I knew Lafayette was the place for me after I met Coach (Jim) Rogalski and the coaching staff. The school seems like a perfect fit for me to continue my lacrosse career while getting a great education.”
What are your thoughts on this past HS lacrosse season/team’s outlook for next season? “This past season was a huge success for us even though we fell short in the District Championship. It was the first time we made it to State play. We finished in the top 8 in the State. This was the first time our school has ever made it that far, which is something to be proud of.
“We should be just as successful next season because most of our starters are back. We also have a strong off-season workout regiment that will get us ready for the season.”
Additional Comments: “I would like to thank my family for all of their support and help along way. I wouldn’t be where I am today without them.
“I want to thank my coach, Ken Miller of the Long Island Sting, for all of his guidance and help throughout the recruiting process. Coach Miller was instrumental in helping me make the most of my opportunities.
“I’d like to thank my High School coaches, Bill Hughes, Joe Bialek and former coach Greg Gorddard who were always there to help and support me.
“Coach Kleintz & Coach Devlin of Twist Lacrosse taught me a lot about the game of lacrosse.
“I would also like to thank my football coaches at Wilson High School for making me into a better person. They taught me the value of discipline and hard work which I will carry into everything that I do and will do in the future.”