By Jeremy Park
Senior lacrosse player Kai Lopez announced his official commitment to Marquette University via social media this afternoon.
The face-off specialist and midfielder made his decision following a visit to the university this past week. “I chose Marquette because the coaches and players there are awesome to be around,” Lopez commented. “When I visited, I loved the campus, facilities, and food.”
Lopez’s commitment ended a long recruiting process that could’ve gone a multitude of ways, in a decision that he says was not without its challenges. “My decision wasn’t easy. It was very hard for me to accept the fact that I would be far away from my family.” The thing that helped him, however, was a shared experience. “Most players there are in a similar situation as me, so I thought it was great that I would be going through the same struggles with my teammates.”
Lopez is the fourth senior of the Garnet Valley c/o 2024 to make his commitment, following Drew Goldt (Towson), Luke Mingioni (Drexel), and Josh Graham (Stockton). He is also part of an elite few that will play Power 5, joining 2022 graduate Max Busenkell (Notre Dame) and 2023 graduate Kris Henning (Penn State). When asked about the opportunity to play at the highest level, Lopez said, “It obviously feels great to be going D1, but being a D1 student-athlete is going to be very hard.” Despite the rigor of it all, there is no doubt that Lopez will be ready for his moment.