Kingston High star Loughlin selects college
Kingston High standout will join Albany college program that will return 22 underclassmen
Kingston High standout Johnny Loughlin will be playing collegiate lacrosse at The College of Saint Rose in Albany.
Kingston High standout Johnny Loughlin will be playing collegiate lacrosse after recently signing his National Letter of Intent to attend the Division II College of Saint Rose in Albany.
“I’m really excited about it,” said Loughlin, who was an AllSection 9, Division I midfielder as a junior for the Tigers last spring.
St. Rose coach Jim Morrissey didn’t have to go far, as he first saw Loughlin play nearby with the Albany Power Lacrosse Club two summers ago.
“He emailed me, invited me to a prospect camp, I played well and he liked what he saw,” Loughlin said.
His play at St. Rose’s Prospect Showcase led to an offer.
He joins a Golden Knights team that was 3-13 last year and 1-10 in the Northeast-10 Conference. It has 22 underclassmen from last season returning.
“It’s a team that’s turning it around. I see a bright future ahead for them,” Loughlin said.
One of the teams St. Rose plays in the NE-10 is Saint Michael’s College, where older brother Brian Loughlin is playing lacrosse. Brian will be a senior with the Purple Knights in spring 2018 when John is a freshman.
John Loughlin said he considered Saint Michael’s, but he really liked St. Rose.
“It was the coach and the team which I really liked. I did an overnight visit, got to meet some of the team and really liked them. St. Rose is also close to home, just an hour away,” he said. “It’s all worked out for me.”
Loughlin plans to major in communications or education.
It has been a long journey from when a bored Loughlin was in fifth grade watching a lacrosse practice at the MAAC.
“I was just sitting around,” he said. “My mom told my dad and he said, ‘John, why don’t you go and try out?’ I went out the next Saturday.
“I started really loving the game. I was hooked.”
Loughlin is thrilled at the prospect of playing lacrosse at the collegiate level.
“I’m been excited since I’ve been watching my brother play games in the Northeast-10 and see that extreme high level of play,” he remarked. “I want to play and have my opportunity. I hope to do great. I believe I’m ready for the next level.”
Loughlin wanted to thank his parents, his high school teachers, plus his club and high school coaches.
Johnny Loughlin is surrounded by family, coaches and Kingston High School staff at his signing to attend The College of Saint Rose,