YORKTOWN, N.Y. - Yorktown senior middie Brendan Regan is continuing the tradition of Huskers taking their game to the next level, as he has decided to play at Division III powerhouse Nazareth College.
“There were many things that made me want to attend and play at Nazareth,” Regan said. “The coaching staff is great, and they run a high-tempo offense. The facilities stood out, and are amazing, from the school buildings, to athletic accommodations. I also felt at home there. When I stepped on the campus, I just knew that Nazareth was where, I wanted to go spend four years, after high school.”
Regan is going to a program with a rich tradition, as Nazareth won national titles, in 1992, 1996 and 1997, and has garnered 10 Empire 8 Conference titles from 2000 to 2017.
The Golden Flyers have made 22 appearances in the NCAA tournament from 1988 through 2017.
Nazareth ended this past season, abbreviated because of COVID-19, at 5-2.
“The great lacrosse tradition was definitely a bonus to me,” Regan said. “When I went to watch a game this year, I saw the strong support from the Nazareth lacrosse alumni. I also participated in a Zoom call with the coaches, and a number of lacrosse alumni. Listening to them tell stories about their lacrosse experiences, and championship memories, made me notice, how tight the Naz lacrosse community is. This made me realize that I want to be part of that lacrosse program, and one day we can make something happen, and hopefully win a national championship, like years past.”
Regan’s individual goal at Nazareth is to be a great teammate who contributes to the success of the team.
“I know it will be a big adjustment from high school to college, so I want to be in a position to contribute when my number is called to get in the game,” Regan said. “My team goals at Nazareth are hopefully to win the Empire 8 Conference all four years, and win a national championship one of those years.”
Regan said that playing at Yorktown, where players are held to a high standard, gives him the confidence that he will succeed at Nazareth.
“We learn early that you play as a team and not as individuals,” Regan said. “You cannot take anything for granted, because there are many good players looking to get on the field. I am able to play against really talented teammates who keep pushing me to get better each day, and the Yorktown coaching staff does a great job of preparing us for different situations. Watching the way the older kids approached the game and set expectations for the younger kids set a positive example for us to follow. You don’t want to let anyone down. You want to be able to look at the alumni, and them be proud of you.”
While Regan is looking forward to playing at the Rochester-based school, he knows there is still unfinished business to take care of at Yorktown.
“I’m going into my senior year, and there is a lot I want to do with this year’s team,” Regan said. “I believe our team has great talent, and tons of potential. My goals for this year’s team are to win a section final and, most importantly, win a state championship.”