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Caden Smolenski Commits to DIII Wilmington College
LOVELAND (OH) HS LACROSSE RECRUIT UPDATE: Loveland Tiger Caden Smolenski Commits to DIII Wilmington College
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Loveland, OH — On Tuesday, Loveland High School varsity lacrosse senior standout Caden Smolenski signed his commitment to play NCAA Div III lacrosse at Wilmington College in Wilmington, Ohio.
“I’ve been playing lacrosse since fourth grade”, said Caden. “When I first started playing, I immediately fell in love with it. I’m super excited to have this opportunity to continue playing at the next level for the Quakers.”
Caden chose Wilmington College because of the small size and individualized learning opportunities Wilmington offers while being able to participate in the sport he loves. As one of 12 children, staying close to home and family is a factor also.
“Wilmington has a teacher student ratio of 1 to 15. Coach Marzano requires eight hours of team study groups each week and encourages academics as the top priority”, Smolenski noted. “He’s really focused on players professional as well as our athletic growth, and I think this atmosphere will be a perfect fit for me. ”
In the midst of his senior season, Caden reflected on his determination and his respect for teammates, coaches, parents and fan participation as a integral part of the Tigers.
“It’s really been an honor to play with all of the guys I have played with over the years”, he said. “Loveland lacrosse has a great group of passionate people behind us, and I’ve been really lucky to have had some great coaches along the way.”
Coached by Mike Pritz at Loveland High, this is Smolenski’s second season on the varsity squad.
“Caden’s a smart player, has a passion for the game and is senior leader on a young Loveland squad,” Pritz said. “He’s got a high lacrosse IQ which allows us to use him a number of different situations. When the game is on the line, we trust Caden to make smart decisions out there. No doubt he’ll excel at Wilmington.”
Caden will now focus on contributing to a strong Tiger finish to their regular season and a deep run into the playoffs with the Tigers, as well as his future with the Wilmington Quakers.
McDonald of Loveland Commits to Otterbein for Lacrosse
(Photo: Thanks to Gordy Grafflin/Loveland Lacrosse)
LOVELAND – Loveland High School senior lacrosse standout Drew McDonald recently committed to Otterbein University to attend and play lacrosse for the Cardinals in the fall.
“I’m super excited to continue playing the sport I love at the next level,” McDonald said. “I started playing lacrosse in fifth grade and immediately fell in love with it. Since then, I’ve taken every opportunity to play in various leagues year-round because I just couldn’t get enough of lacrosse.”
Drew had his choice of colleges, garnering interest from schools such as Wittenberg, Centre, and Baldwin Wallace.
“I chose Otterbein because I believe Coach (Colin) Hartnett is a really genuine guy. The lacrosse team is very competitive, winning its conference last season, which means having the opportunity to compete in the NCAA tournament,” he said. “The academics at this school are a great fit for me, and I enjoy the fact that it is only 10 minutes away from Columbus.”
Heading into his final season, McDonald reflected on his success as an integral part of the Tigers offensive core.
“I’ve really enjoyed playing with the guys I grew up with in the youth and middle school program, and I’m really excited for this season,” Drew said. “We have an exceptional coaching staff and a super talented group of guys giving us potential to do great things this year. Our goal is to win the city championship and it would be a great way to end my senior year.”
Last season McDonald demonstrated a willingness to play out of position in order to help the team.
“This season, Drew is transitioning back to the attack position“, head coach Mike Pritz said. “He has helped set the bar high for Loveland lacrosse, and is part of what makes Loveland lacrosse special.”
Drew will now prepare himself for his final season with the Tigers and his future with the Otterbein University Cardinals.