SAMMAMISH, Wash. — Eastside Catholic sophomore goaltender Josh Matte has made a verbal commitment to play NCAA Division I lacrosse at the University of Denver.
Matte commits to an ECAC Denver squad that has made four consecutive trips to the NCAA Men’s Division I Tournament including last spring’s semifinal appearance where the Pioneers fell to top ranked Syracuse.
“Attending a great school like DU and having the opportunity to play for a legendary coach like Bill Tierney along with (assistant coaches) Matt Brown and Dylan Sheridan is a dream come true,” Matte said in remarks posted to Eastside Catholic’s Boys Lacrosse Facebook page Wednesday afternoon.
As a freshman last spring, Matte had 13 saves on 18 shots, compiling a .722 save percentage in six games for Eastside Catholic while backing up Colin Shriever and Cameron Cronk. The Crusaders finished 2013 with a 13-3-0 record advancing to the semifinals of the Washington Lacrosse Boys State Tournament before falling to eventual state champion Bellevue High School.
Denver, which finished 14-5 overall in 2013, has two Washington state products on its 2013-14 roster, senior midfielder Cole Nordstrom, a graduate of Bellevue High School, and sophomore midfielder Jack Pruitt, a graduate of Skyline High School.
To view game footage of Josh Matte at the 2013 Adrenalin Black Card Showcase at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa. visit 2013 Black Card Showcase.
About Lacrosse in Washington State
Lacrosse has over 100 years of history in Washington state with clubs playing in the early 1900s and high schools now in their fourth decade of state competition. With Native American origins, lacrosse is one of the oldest organized sports on the continent and today is considered the fastest growing sport in America. In Washington state, some 4,000 student-athletes attending over 200 high schools play prep lacrosse, while another 6,000 play lacrosse at the youth, adult and collegiate club levels throughout the state. For more information on high school lacrosse in Washington state visit http://www.WashingtonHSLAX.com.