When it comes to supplying Johns Hopkins with standout players, and more specifically, defensemen, Yorktown High School has a proud tradition.
It includes names such as Brian Kuczma, Rob Doerr and Chris Watson.
That pipeline began, though, when another former Yorktown all-American, Bill Dwan, joined the Blue Jays after graduating from Yorktown in 1987.
But they’ll have to wait a few years.
Trevor Koelsch, one of the top sophomores in the region, has given a verbal commitment to attend Hopkins.
The 6-foot-1, 175-pound Koelsch, who has good size and athleticism, began gaining notice from Division I coaches last year, while making his mark on the Husker varsity as a freshman.
After a strong summer season, he became a priority recruit of several of the nation’s premier programs.
He will join a Hopkins team where former Huskers John Ranagan and Kevin Interlicchio are now playing. (Ranagan is a sophomore midfielder. Interlicchio is a freshman attackman.)
Now, here are Trevor’s thoughts on his commitment:
What were the main factors in your decision to commit to Hopkins?
The academics and winning history, along with the opportunity to compete for a D-I championship every year. The strong tradition and family feeling for the players and alumni at Hopkins seem very similar to Yorktown’s, which I have always liked being part of.
There is a strong connection between Yorktown and Hopkins lacrosse created by the long line of Yorktown players who went on to star for Hopkins, especially the many defensemen like Chris Watson and Coach Doerr. All those Yorktown players paved the way for me to get the opportunity to play there.
What adjustments do you think you will need to make to play at the next level?
At this point, I am working to improve all aspects of my game so I can help Yorktown compete for a sectional and state title this upcoming season. Strength and foot speed are two of my main focuses right now. I have been working out a lot and doing speed training at the Club Fit Parisi Speed School. Getting quicker and stronger will allow me to throw more frequent and harder checks.
What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
My greatest strengths right now are my ability to help the defense work as a unit and playing position defense. I hope to use these skills and be a stronger leader on defense this spring to help put us in position to compete for a state championship.
What players have you looked up to as you have moved up through the varsity ranks?
I have looked up to my older brother Derek (now a freshman goaltender at Trinity College) on and off the lacrosse field throughout my life. He taught me lacrosse from a young age and was always a great role model on the field and in the classroom. He and his friends taught me the importance of putting the team first and working hard in the offseason. Stephen Burke did a lot to help me feel comfortable on the field as a freshman and I looked up to him for his greasy stick work and checks.
When did you first realize you had the potential to play at the college level?
I started receiving questionnaires the start of this school year from coaches who saw me play over the summer for the Yorktown summer team and at Showtime and Jake Reed. Once I started talking to the Syracuse, Princeton and Hopkins coaches, it became clear that I had the opportunity to play at the next level.