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Sunday, October 26, 2014
Seven Kennedy seniors to play college lacrosse
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Scott Brinton/Herald
The Kennedy High School lacrosse team boasts seven college recruits this year. They are, top row, from left, Nick DiGangi, Brandon Klein, Ralph Faiella, Chris Racalbuto and Chris Jones; bottom row, Daniel Hartman and Troy Lampert. They were joined by Kennedy’s head lacrosse coach, Craig Papach.

Hartman said he is elated to have been recruited by Stevenson University, which was recently ranked No. 1 in Division III lacrosse in preseason polls. Hartman connected with Stevenson coaches through the Jake Reed Nike Blue Chip Lacrosse Camp, where participation is by invitation only.

Hartman, whose father, Dave, coached him and his teammates in the Bellmore PAL, said he liked the fact that Stevenson has been ranked as an “Up-and-Coming School” by U.S. News & World Report three times. He plans to major in business.

Chris Jones

Age: 17

Hometown: Bellmore

Sports: Lacrosse, football

Will attend: Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pa.

Jones said he was looking for a top academic school, and he was overjoyed to receive an offer from Dickinson College, which U.S. News ranks among the Top 50 liberal arts colleges in the country.

At a Division III school, he said, there won’t be the intense pressure to win that he might feel in Division I or II, allowing him to play lacrosse while focusing on his studies. He already plans to study abroad.

“I knew I wanted to play Division III,” Jones said. “I wanted lacrosse to be fun, not a job.” At a liberal arts college, he said, he will have the opportunity “to explore.” He plans to major in psychology.

Brandon Klein

Age: 17

Hometown: Merrick

Sports: lacrosse, football

Will attend: Vassar College, Poughkeepsie.

Klein, who boasts a 94 average while taking Kennedy’s most demanding course load, said he hoped to attend a top-notch academic school, and was ecstatic to receive a recruitment offer from Vassar’s head coach, Marc Graham, because Vassar is consistently ranked among the top 20 academic colleges in the nation by U.S. News. And, Klein said, it’s only an hour and a half north of Bellmore-Merrick.

“I couldn’t be happier,” he said.

At Kennedy, Klein is enrolled in Advanced Placement physics, calculus and macroeconomics, and has taken AP English, U.S. history and world history. He is undecided about his major at Vassar.

Troy Lampert

Age: 17

Hometown: Bellmore

Sports: lacrosse, soccer, wrestling

Will attend: Ithaca College

Lampert, who played travel and high school soccer, said he had hoped, even expected, to play soccer in college, but caught the “lacrosse bug” in 11th grade, when he made the varsity team.

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