By K.I. Goldberg
Baltimorelacrossenews.com, Posted 10/26/13
Loyola Blakefield sophomore attackman Cole Williams has made a commitment to play Division I lacrosse at Johns Hopkins University.
Cole Williams ledger:
High School: Loyola Blakefield, Towson, Maryland
Graduation Year: 2016
College Choice: Johns Hopkins University
Club Affiliation: Looney’s Lacrosse Club
Major lacrosse honors: Varsity lacrosse as a freshman, 2013 MIAA Champion, Maryland Freestate team, Under Armour Uncommitted Game, Jake Reed Nike Blue Chip, Summer Kickoff All-Star game, FLG in 3d All-Star game, FCA U-15 National team
Academic Honors: First Honors both semesters freshman year.
What will you major in/study? Undecided
Why did you choose Johns Hopkins? “I chose Johns Hopkins because of its stellar academic reputation and rich lacrosse history. The campus and athletic facilities are first class all the way. Coach (Dave) Pietramala and staff convinced me it will be a unique and special experience to be associated with the Johns Hopkins University and the Blue Jay Lacrosse family. I am truly humbled and honored with the opportunity.”
What are your thoughts on this past HS lacrosse season/team’s outlook for next season? “Last year we won the Maryland MIAA 2013 Championship after making an incredible run in the playoffs. Despite losing to all the playoff teams during the regular season, we came together to reverse those losses and finally had to come from behind in the championship game to defeat a strong undefeated Boys’ Latin team.
“I learned that great things can happen when you can put a loss behind your and continue to work and improve through a very long season.
“Next year, despite losing many starters, we hope to duplicate the amazing experience we had in 2013. If our team can put in the hard work required to compete in the MIAA we can make the playoffs and contend for the championship once again.”
Thank You: “I would like to thank all my dedicated High School coaches at Loyola Blakefield. Especially, Jack Crawford who helped me tremendously through the difficult recruitment process and provided great insight into selecting schools with regards to academics and athletics.
“Also, I would like to thank all my youth and club lacrosse coaches, one of which was my Dad, for encouraging me to learn and respect the game of lacrosse.
“Thanks to the coaches at Johns Hopkins for presenting me an opportunity to compete at such a high level of lacrosse.
“Finally, I would like to thank my parents, brothers, friends, and teammates for challenging me to succeed and work hard.”
Other schools considered: Loyola, Duke, Ohio State, Maryland, Hofstra