Kingston High star Lough­lin se­lects col­lege

Kingston High stand­out will join Al­bany col­lege pro­gram that will re­turn 22 un­der­class­men

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - By Mike Stribl mstribl@free­manon­line.com @MStribl on Twit­ter

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.

TA­NIA BARRICKLO — DAILY FREE­MAN

Johnny Lough­lin is sur­rounded by fam­ily, coaches and Kingston High School staff at his sign­ing to at­tend The Col­lege of Saint Rose,

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