In the front row, seniors Alan Baldwin, left, Clay Goris, Matt Donovan and Oliver Gates announce their college decisions as Cazenovia Athletic Director Mike Byrnes, back left, Coach Erich Nieman, Coach Jim Longo, and Coach Falge look on.
Cazenovia On Thursday, Jan. 12, four Cazenovia High School seniors declared their intentions to play lacrosse at the college level.
A press conference was held and coordinated by Cazenovia Athletic Director Mike Byrnes at the high school. Family members, coaches and friends gathered to hear the announcements and celebrate.
Clay Goris announced that he will attend Rutgers University as a recruited student-athlete. Rutgers is an NCAA Division I Lacrosse Program.
Matt Donovan officially announced his acceptance to the United States Military Academy at West Point (USMA). Recruited by ARMY Coach Alberici, he will enter United States Military Academy Preparatory School at West Point in July 2012 and USMA in July 2013. Donovan received his Congressional Nomination from Congressman Bill Owen and will play for ARMY Lacrosse, a Division I NCAA program in the fall of 2013.
Alan Baldwin announced that he has been accepted early decision at Hamilton College and will play lacrosse for the Continentals. Hamilton College is a member of the New England Small College Athletic Conference - NCAA Division III.
Oliver Gates announced his plans to attend Dickinson College early decision. Gates will play lacrosse for the Red Devils, an NCAA Division III Program.
All four students were members of the 2011 Class C New York State Championship Lacrosse team at Cazenovia High School.
Byrnes expects that several more students from the Cazenovia High School Class of 2012 will make similar announcements later this spring as current students narrow down their choices and hear back from college admission offices.