WESTPORT — As the final signatures were inked onto the national letters of intent, a smile came across the faces of the trio of Staples boys lacrosse stars Evan Zinn, Dobson Cooper, and Matthew Garber.
Each will pursue lacrosse at the college level after signing on to play at Division-I programs in the University of Vermont, Johns Hopkins University, and Boston University, respectively.
“Hopkins blew me away the second I stepped on campus,” Zinn said. “Homewood Field, with all the championship plaques, (it) made me feel a part of so much history.”
An all-state midfielder last season, Zinn had previously verbally committed to play at Johns Hopkins in 2015.
Entering into his last season for the Wreckers, Zinn will look to continue on the success of his junior campaign after finishing with a team-high 40 goals and 35 assists.
One of the top men’s lacrosse programs in the country, Johns Hopkins has won nine national championship while making it to 29 final fours during that time.
But it was not just the stellar lacrosse program that drew him to the school, Zinn said.
“The world class academics give me a chance to provide myself with the tools for life after college,” he said.
Moving on to Vermont
For Cooper, making the decision to sign with Vermont was helped by the feeling of a familiar enviroment that he felt.
“The team mentality and sense of togetherness felt very similar to our Staples team,” Cooper said. “I chose UVM because it was the total package for me as a student-athlete. Lacrosse aside, the school as a while is a great enviroment for myself a student.”
Cooper also verbally committed to play at Vermont during his sophomore season along with Zinn’s committment to Hopkins.
Staying closest to home, the decision sign with Boston University, Garber said he was sold after seeing the program and the beauty of the city.
“I chose Boston University for many reasons,” he said. “Among the top were being in the vibrant city of Boston, the strong academics, and the lacrosse program.”
While the program at Boston University has only been around since 2013, it was the chance to help build something great that drew him, Garber said.
“The program is relatively new,” he said. “But it has found a lot of success early on because of the team’s culture and the fantastic coaching staff.”
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