ROXBURY, NJ - Roxbury High School seniors Andy Axelson and Matt Dancsecs today signed commitment letters to play sports for Rutgers University.
A letter of intent/college commitment ceremony took place for the two athletic scholars, an event attended by their coaches, teammates and family members.
Axelson played baseball for the Gaels and will continue his baseball career with the Scarlet Knights. Dancsecs will be a Rutgers lacrosse player.
Both young men reflected on the friends they made along the way while playing as a Gael.
“Playing baseball at Roxbury the past three years has been an experience that I will cherish forever," Axelson said. "Being able to play alongside my great friends, loving family and knowledgeable coaches made it fly by in an instant.”
Dancsecs said he “enjoyed playing a competitive schedule" with a team made up of so many of his best friends. "They are like my brothers and I am looking forward to our senior year and working to continuing our success of last season,” he added.
Their coaches commented on the work ethic and dedication these men have shown while playing for Roxbury.
Roxbury Baseball Coach Greg Trotter pointed to Axelson's positive attitude. “When he is on a baseball field or around any type of baseball activity, Andy’s love for the game is evident," Trotter said. "He is a tireless worker and someone who has earned the respect of his teammates, coaches, opposing players and opposing coaches. Andy continues to improve each season. I am looking forward to seeing Andy play his senior season here at Roxbury and continue his playing career at Rutgers. He is a special young man.”
Lacrosse head coach, Chris Blough, echoed Trotter when talking about Dancsecs. “Matt is one of the best student-athletes I’ve ever coached," he said. "He embodies everything we as coaches want to see in players that represent Roxbury lacrosse. His grades are excellent, he’s coachable, he works hard on and off the field and he’s never in trouble. On top of that, he’s extremely talented. Matt is one of the best lacrosse players we’ve ever had here. Rutgers is getting a tremendous student-athlete that will do nothing but work hard to help them to continued success in the future.”