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CCBC Essex goalie Richards (Bel Air High) commits to Quinnipiac

Monday, 20th January 2014

Categories Boy's/Men's, College  

By Chris Goldberg, Posted 1/20/14

CCBC Essex goalie Ben Richards, a Bel Air grad, has committed to play Division I lacrosse at Quinnipiac University.

Ben Richards log:

Ben Richards

Ben Richards

High School/Juco: Bel Air High School / CCBC Essex

Graduation Year: High School: 2012 Essex: 2014

Position: Goalie

D1 college choice: Quinnipiac University

Lacrosse Honors: HS: Mount Hebron Fight for 5 Tournament all Tournament Team 2011, 2011 Bel Air High School Defensive MVP, Team Captain. Essex: Team captain in both 2013 and 2014 seasons

Major: Business/Communications

Why did I choose QU? “It has always been a dream of mine to play Division 1 lacrosse, and is something I have worked very hard for. After visiting Quinnipiac and meeting with Coach (Eric) Fekete, I knew this was the place I wanted to go. As I toured the campus and facilities it was clear that Quinnipiac holds their players to a high standard on the field, in the weight room, in the class room, and as a member of society. Coach Fekete harps on team chemistry, and playing for your teammates – which is something I have found essential through out my lacrosse career.”

Team outlook this year: “This year the Essex Knights are working harder than ever not only to be physically tough, but mentally. There is no game that we can not win, we have threats all over the field, and the confidence to make it happen. Our practices are very intense, and we go after each other every day knowing it will only make us better. Our team has been through a lot so far this year, and when times get tough our team gets closer. This will translate to the tough games we will face this season.”

Other comments: “I would never have gotten this far without my parents, my father Pat, and my mother Deanna. It has been a long road and I am so thankful for them being in my corner every second of it. Id also like to thank my little sister Grace for being my inspiration to keep working hard. She has been through a lot and I could not be more proud of her. Coach (Shawn) Burke and the Essex Lacrosse program gave me a second chance and believed in me when not a lot of people did, and I will forever be thankful for that. I have learned a lot since I have gone to Essex, not just about lacrosse but being a good person. I’d also like to thank my teammates, my brothers, for always having my back and making this experience here at Essex the best time of my life. Finally I would like to thank my roommate, teammate, and fellow goalie Nick Doyle for pushing me every day to be the best I can.”

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