Purcellville, VA (October 6, 2015) – Woodgrove High School senior Ryan Reynolds has committed to play lacrosse for Elizabethtown University beginning the 2016-2017 academic school year.
“The feeling was indescribable; sort of like a weight being lifted off my shoulders,” said Reynolds when asked how it felt to commit to EU back on Sept. 21.”
Elizabethtown College is a selective, independent liberal arts college located on an attractive 200-acre campus in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania. Known as “E-town” to students, its approximately 1,900 undergraduates have 53 majors and 90+ minors to select from. The core curriculum emphasizes the arts, humanities and sciences, communication, writing, creative thinking, and decision-making and problem-solving skills. In the U.S. News & World Report 2016 edition of Best Colleges in the Regional North, Elizabethtown was ranked 1st in commitment to teaching, the “best value” in the region, and 4th overall amongst baccalaureate colleges.
“Though my recruiting experience had its ups and downs, Elizabethtown stuck with me through it all, which is part of why I decided to commit there,” said Reynolds. I also liked the academic program, size of the school, how I would fit in, and the growth of the lacrosse program.”
Reynolds’ head lacrosse coach will be Drew Delaney. Coach Delaney enters his second season as the head men’s lacrosse coach at Elizabethtown College. Delaney’s team cranked out seven wins in his first year on the sidelines and four players received all-conference honors under his guidance. Delaney brings 10 years of coaching experience to EU. He spent the prior two seasons at Arcadia University, building the program as its first head coach.
“In terms of my first year, I have fairly high expectations for myself, but that’s no change from now, said Reynolds. I hope to be an immediate impact player on the team and have a chance to compete for the starting spot.”
Reynolds has played lacrosse since the 5th grade, but it was not until a year later that he decided to play goalie. Reflecting on his lacrosse years Reynolds shared, “One my fondest memories was when we played our rival Loudoun Valley during my freshman year. The game was back and forth and it came down to them having the ball in our end, down by one, with seconds left in the game. A shot was fired, I saved it and got the ball up and out to Jeremy Kendall to win the game.”
“I am thankful to all of my coaches including Coach Lewandowski, Coach Flynn, and Coach Cornell, said Reynolds, but the person who helped make me the player I am is Brendan Niklason. He played goalie at Jacksonville University and was my goalie coach, mentor, and older brother for so many years.”
When asked what advice he’d give other pursuing their dream, Reynolds–the two-time All-Region, and 2015 All-Loudoun goalkeeper, Woodgrove team captain and MVP shared, “Never give up. If it’s meant to be it will happen. No matter what, you’ll find the right place. And through the ups and downs a coach out there thinks you are a good lacrosse player.”
Please join us in wishing Ryan Reynolds the very best in his success on the lacrosse field and in the classroom as he pursues a pre-med degree at Elizabethtown University.