As the boys lacrosse season is ready to get underway, three Zionsville seniors had a ceremony to celebrate their decisions to play at the next level.
Will Sorg (Wabash), Ethan Eggers (Arizona State) and Griffin Howell (Wittenberg) were honored at the ceremony on Monday evening.
“This is great,” Zionsville head coach James Rundle said. “They have put in a lot of work, so when you get a chance to honor them in a ceremony like this, it’s always nice to be able to do that. It shows the other players too things that can come their way if they work hard enough and are dedicated and committed to the team.”
Rundle said he remembers a few years ago when he first started only having one player sign to continue at the next level.
Now the Eagles have had four, with Ryker Bednar signing in the fall.
Rundle said it is good for the younger players in the program to see what it takes to get to a high level.
“I think it kind of sets a standard to try and get guys to go to the next level,” Rundle said. “Having them all here to support kind of shows that it’s not just a four years and out thing. We are a whole family and the successes you earn after you leave here represents the program as a whole.”
Sorg had nine goals and five assists last year for the Eagles, while winning 32 ground balls from his midfield position.
A multi-sport athlete, Sorg joins a Wabash program coach by Chris Burke.
“He made an impact the very first game he played as a freshman,” Rundle said. “We played Montgomery Bell in Tennessee and he was out there being physical with guys four years older than him. If COVID didn’t stop that season, he would have made a huge impact on defense right away. Now we are hoping he can carry the load for us offensively.”
Eggers is back at Zionsville this year after playing for a couple of years at the Blue Ridge School in Virginia.
A defender, he signed with an Arizona State program coached by Justin Straker.
“He’s a guy of high character,” Rundle said. “He is a perfectionist and his is committed to helping everybody else around him get better along with the team. His main focus is the team doing well. Having a guy like that for our culture, you can’t ask for much more.”
Howell started 12 games in goal for the Eagles last year, saving 141 of 242 shots for a .583 save percentage.
He is joining a Wittenberg program coached by Jay Owen.
“If I had to pick a most improved player from his freshman year until now, Griff is by far the pick,” Rundle said. “He didn’t start at a low point, but he is always getting better and has earned his spot. He is working every single weekend with working with other top goalies and going to goalie camps. He just continues to get better and better, and he amazes me with some of the saves he makes.”
Zionsville kicks off their season on Saturday against Crown Point.
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