Ryan Wright (left) of Jamesville-Dewitt High School and Brian Bedell of Fayetteville-Manlius High School are travel teammates for Team United. Soon, they will be playing on the same college squad. Both verbally committed this week to the brand-new Division I program at Monmouth University.
Considering they are both rising seniors, Ryan Wright and Brian Bedell seemed headed for their final time as teammates when the summer travel season started.
While both are varsity standouts in the Syracuse area, they play for different high schools — Wright for Jamesville-Dewitt and Bedell for Fayetteville-Manlius.
Little did the duo know when the summer began that their days on the Team United Knights would be a preview of what is to come.
Both players verbally committed this week to the brand-new Division I program at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, N.J., as first reported at Twitter.com/joe_lombardi.
“Ryan is a great attackman who creates many scoring opporunities for himself and the players around him,” said Bedell, a 5-foot-11, 155-pound goalie who also considered Furman, Hartford and Holy Cross. “We have played together on Team United for a while and I really enjoy hanging out with him on and off the field.
“I am very excited to be able to continue playing with him at the next level.”
Wright, who also considered Canisius and Boston University feels the same way.
“Brian is one of the best goalies I’ve got to play with this summer,” the 6-foot, 180-pound Wright, a righty, said. “He made a huge impact in tournaments this summer, getting us to the finals. I really enjoyed playing with him this summer and am so excited to tear it up at Monmouth University together.”
Both are looking forward to help build Monmouth from the ground up.
“I think that it is going to be an unbelievable experience to be a part of building up a new Division I program,” Bedell said. “(Monmouth Head) Coach (Brian) Fisher is a great guy who everyone should want to play for, and he knows what it takes to compete and win at this level. In addition to Monmouth being a great school academically, it is also less then a mile from the beach which is something special.”
“I chose Monmouth because it’s a great opportunity to be a part of a brand-new Division I program,” he said. “I believe Coach Fisher can build a winning program quickly and want to be a part of something special. Both my grandfather and uncle graduated from Monmouth. It’s also a strong school academically.”
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