NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – After announcing his athletic commitment on Monday night for NCAA Division 3 lacrosse at Montclair State University through his Instagram page, New Providence High School senior midfielder John Slater is joining select company among five of his peers in the Class of 2016.
“We are extremely excited for John to have committed to Montclair State to play lacrosse,” former New Providence head lacrosse coach Vincent Carangelo said. “As he has dealt with a lot of tough injury situations over the last few years, this is all the more encouraging. John is a relentless midfielder. He is not only fast and agile, but has the stamina to run for days. He can out work nearly any player he is up against. Montclair State is getting a heck of an athlete who has only begun to scratch the surface of his potential in the game of lacrosse.”
Slater is anxious to play lacrosse at Montclair State under head coach Mike Schambach, citing that his family in New Providence can easily come to Sprague Field and watch him play during the season.
“I’m very excited,” Slater said. “Montclair State is a great school and has a great lacrosse program. One of the few things I love [about Montclair State University] is how my family can come and see me play. The fact my dad can see me play almost every game is my main influence for committing.”
Slater is one of six current seniors to announce their athletic commitments this fall with intent to play collegiate lacrosse in the near future. Other New Providence High School commits currently include Quinn Killeen (University of Scranton), Garrett Pope (Muhlenberg College), Michael Palmieri (Roger Williams University), Johnny Shahpazian (Western New England University), and Jake Vignali (Lynchburg College).
Now an assistant principal at New Providence High School, Carangelo weighed in on the growth of the New Providence High School boys’ lacrosse program with these six student-athletes after watching them develop for the past three seasons.
“We are so proud of our senior class and their accomplishments thus far in lacrosse,” Carangelo said. “The fact that the Class of 2016 already has six college lacrosse committements is huge for our team and a great sign of the growth and maturation that we have been going through as a program. We could not be more excited for all of these guys. Not only are they great lacrosse players, they’re phenomenal young men. They will do amazing things in college and beyond.”
Nick Papadimas is a senior at New Providence High School participating in a journalism program with TAP into New Providence. He can be reached via. e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.