(Photo Courtesy of Calvert Hall Lacrosse)
Kevin Cassese and the Lehigh Mountain Hawks have landed their 10th commitment in the 2022 cycle.
Calvert Hall (Md.) attackman/midfielder EJ Vasile flipped his commitment from Bellarmine to the Mountain Hawks on Tuesday evening. He committed to the Knights in January.
Rated as a three-star by Inside Lacrosse, Vasile is the fifth attackman in the class joining Grant Rodny out of Air Academy (Colo.), Peter Theodoropoulos from Eastport South Manor (N.Y.), Andrew Kelly out of La Salle College (Pa.), and Curren Johnson of Bellport Senior (N.Y.).
“Lehigh’s highly competitive business school and lacrosse program, tied in with the great team culture and coaching staff made my decision easy,” Vasile told Lacrosse Bucket.
Vasile’s decision follows a two-day visit to Lehigh where he was able to meet with both Mountain Hawks head coach Kevin Cassese and offensive coordinator John Crawley.
The rising senior is coming off a strong junior campaign in which he helped lead Calvert Hall to an MIAA Semifinals appearance. Vasile said that while he and his team didn’t get to hoist a trophy at the end of the season, he feels he improved and the team grew. “From a personal and team standpoint, I got better with experience and as the season went on our team gained the chemistry needed to win games…I would have loved to win an MIAA championship, but our team played hard and was only a one-goal game away from playing for a championship.”
Following his junior season and throughout the summer circuit, Vasile has continued to raise eyebrows and seen his stock rise. He put on a show at the National Lacrosse High School Showcase (NHSLS) in late June, putting up two goals in the semifinals against fellow MIAA foe McDonogh while showcasing his skills as an off-ball player and as someone who isn’t afraid to get into those dirty areas around the crease.
At Lehigh, Vasile joins his high school teammate and longtime friend in LSM Luke McAuliffe.
“Definitely one of the things that makes me really excited about our Lehigh Class is the chance to continue to go to school and compete with one of my good friends. We have been playing on the same club teams since elementary school. So for us both to continue to play together at the next level is awesome.”