SAMMAMISH, Wash. – Eastside Catholic senior Colin MacIlvennie has signed a National Letter of Intent to play NCAA Division I lacrosse at the University of Maryland.
A Maple Valley, Wash. resident, the 2013 US Lacrosse High School All-American and two-time All-State midfielder now becomes the third Crusaders student-athlete in the last two weeks to commit to play Division I lacrosse and fourth this year to the NCAA level.
Last week, two Crusaders committed to NCAA Division I schools with sophomore goaltender Josh Matte making a verbal commitment to play at the University of Denver, while junior defender Arend Broekmate committed to Pennsylvania’s Lafayette College. At the Division III level, attackman Ross Komenda has committed to play lacrosse at Haverford College in Pennsylvania.
When MacIlvennie joins coach John Tillman’s Terrapins squad for the 2014-15 school year he will be one of just three Maryland players from West Coast high schools, and all time the third from Washington state to play for Terps. Others include O’Dea High School lacrosse coach and MLL stand-out with the Denver Outlaws Drew Snider and Curtis High School graduate Landon Carr.
“To be able to play for such a rich and traditional program as Maryland and such a well-respected coach as John Tillman is great honor,” said MacIlvennie who signed his NLI on the Eastside Catholic campus this afternoon with friends, teammates and the Crusaders coaching staff looking on. “I knew right when I stepped on campus that Maryland was the place for me. It feels great to be a Terp.”
In 2013, Maryland advanced to the NCAA Men’s Division I Tournament for the 11th consecutive year finishing its season with a 10-3-0 record.
The Terps’ 2013 NCAA opening-round loss to Cornell came on the heals of back-to-back NCAA title game appearances where Maryland finished as Men’s Division I runner-up in 2011 and 2012.
At Eastside Catholic, MacIlvennie is a two-sport athlete starting at midfield in lacrosse and wide receiver in football.
In lacrosse, MacIllvennie finished first among Crusaders during the 2013 spring season with 73 points (44g, 29a) and led Division I with 64 ground balls. His performance helped Eastside Catholic finished 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.
Last spring, a record 53 high school graduates from Washington state earned varsity lacrosse roster spots at NCAA Division I, II and III schools.
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.
This version updates an earlier version of the story.