by Jillian Risavi
For some lucky seniors, the next stage of their lives is already decided, but for most, the decision is still to come. For seniors Alden Coyne, Grayson Burns, Sam Mueller, Michael Schwedes and Charlie Digristina, it was decided on Nov. 12, at the Jamesville-DeWitt Athletic Department’s press conference in the Athletic Hall of Fame where they signed their National Letters of Intent.
Coyne will be attending Loyola University, in Maryland and will join the women’s swim team. Loyola University is a Division I school, involved in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. Coyne’s sister currently attends Loyola which was a big influence on her decision. She is excited to go to Loyola; “I am counting down the days until I graduate,” she said.
Burns will be going to Bucknell University and playing for the men’s lacrosse team. Bucknell is a Division I school, for both of the men’s and women’s lacrosse teams. Burns verbally committed to Bucknell in the winter of his sophomore year. He was looking for a school where he could excel in both school and lacrosse, and he said he saw that becoming a Bison was the perfect opportunity for doing so. His family and fellow players were a big part of his final decision, pushing him to be open-minded as to what school would fit him best and providing him with support him along the way.
Mueller will be attending Hobart University and will be playing for the men's lacrosse team. Hobart is involved in the Northeast Conference and is a Division I school. He loved the atmosphere of Hobart, and felt that it was “a perfect fit” for him. His former lacrosse coaches along with his parents helped him conclude that Hobart was the best decision for him.
Schwedes is going all the way down to Tampa University in Florida to play on the men's lacrosse team, which is a Division II school involved in the Sunshine State Conference. He had many role models that helped bring him to decide on Tampa. He credits his lacrosse coaches, like the head coach of the Orange Crush Lacrosse Program, Greg Burns, in helping him become the player that he is today. Along with multiple coaches, his father also aided him in this important decision. An important aspect to Schwedes’ decision on Tampa was the fact that Tampa has a Pre-dental Major, as he hopes to become a dentist.
Digristina signed to Queens University of Charlotte, in North Carolina, to play men's lacrosse. Digristina’s club lacrosse coach from the Sweetlax Lacrosse Program, along with his family, helped him find the school that would fit him best. It will be an “easy transition” lacrosse-wise, for Digristina, because his former club lacrosse coach is now the assistant coach at Queens. The location and the size of the school suited him well, both of which were important factors to him when it came down to his decision.
The J-D community is proud of all of the seniors and hope the best luck for them in their bright futures.