Everett’s Jameson Beretta to play lacrosse at NCAA D3 Aurora University

EVERETT, Wash. – Jameson Beretta, a high school senior in the Running Start program at Cascadia Community College in Bothell, has committed to play NCAA Division III lacrosse at Aurora University in Illinois.

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Everett Lacrosse’s Jameson Beretta has committed to play NCAA D3 lacrosse at Aurora Univ. in Illinois. (Photo: Beretta family)

Beretta, a 2014 All-Conference selection at defense for the Everett High School lacrosse club, will join one of the country’s most successful fourth-year men’s lacrosse programs when he steps onto the suburban Chicago campus this fall.

“It’s an honor and a privilege to play for Aurora,” said Beretta who will attend Aurora on an ROTC scholarship after graduating from Cascadia this spring with a high school diploma and an Associate of Arts degree.

Since becoming an intercollegiate sport in 2011, the Aurora lacrosse program has compiled a 56-18-0 record under head coach Kylor Berkman. In that time the Spartans have been nearly unstoppable at home with a 30-2-0 Vago Field record and have earned back-to-back second-round appearances in the NCAA Men’s Division III lacrosse tournament on the heels of four straight Midwest Lacrosse Conference Tournament appearances.

But recognition attending an upstart, name lacrosse program with NCAA post-season credentials is only part of what’s on Beretta’s mind.

“I see high school players (in the East) getting all kinds of recognition, but I’m on the West Coast,” said the burly, athletic defender at 6-0, 200 pounds who lives for the physicality of the game. “I’m not one of those guys. But I’ll take anybody on,” he said.

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Jameson Beretta (Photo: Everett Lacrosse)

Thriving on competition, Beretta hopes to have an impact right away for one of the top defensive programs in the country. But understands there’s plenty to learn in making the transition from the number two defender with 62 ground balls on a team that finished with a solid 15-3-0 prep record in Washington state to the collegiate level where everyone on the roster stood out for their high school program.

“I have an internal drive to be that best that I can be,” said Beretta who has his eye on serving his country in the Army’s prestigious Ranger Regiment following graduation. “I’m going to have to work harder than I’m used to,” he said. “But it’s a big family there and I’m going to have a lot of support.”

Beretta caught the attention of Aurora coaches following a 46-ground-ball season that helped his Everett squad to a 10-2-0 record as a junior and strong performance in the Rhode Island Blue Chip 225 Showcase last July.

After exploring several NCAA schools and making an official visit to Aurora, he settled on the liberal arts campus with wholesome Midwest values and an enrollment of 4,900 as a place where he could excel on the field while pursuing studies in computer science.

“Good academics was my number one priority going into the process,” said Beretta who next fall will be among six student-athletes from Arizona, California, Colorado, Oregon and now Washington high schools that pepper a Spartans lacrosse roster loaded with national talent.

“Aurora is solid. “I want to be as prepared as I can be to enter the work force. For whatever comes next,” he said.

Beretta is the eighth lacrosse student-athlete from the North Sound this year to commit to play either NCAA or NAIA lacrosse following graduation.

The others are Glacier Peak High School’s Jake Berg(NAIA Missouri Valley College) and Hannah Dalrymple   (NCAA Div. 1 St. Mary’s College), Snohomish High School’s Hailey Nyquist (NCAA Div. 2 Regis Univ.) and  Davyd Powell  (NCAA Div. 1 Canisius College), Meadowdale High School’s Jordan Tindall and Niko May along with Cedar Park Christian School’s (plays for Snohomish) Gabe Girgus (NCAA Div. 2 Mount Olive College).

For a list of student-athletes from Washington state high schools that have signed National Letters of Intent or that have made verbal commitments to play NCAA lacrosse visit 2013-14 NCAA Lacrosse Commitments from Washington State.   In 2013, 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.

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~ Mike McQuaid, Sports Information Director, US Lacrosse – Washington State Chapter

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