February 13, 2009

This article on Lacrosse Magazine NJCAA Preseason Player of the Year Ed Prevost originally appeared in the January issue of LM. Join US Lacrosse today to start your monthly subscription to LM.

UNC-Bound Prevost Keeps Perspective at OCC

by Brian Delaney | Special to Lacrosse Magazine Online

Onondaga Community College standout Ed Prevost has signed a national letter of intent to play at the University of North Carolina.
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With about a month left at Watertown’s (N.Y.) Immaculate Heart Central high school in the spring of 2007, Ed Prevost learned his hope of playing lacrosse at UMBC had evaporated.

“It just didn’t work out financially,” he said. “I couldn’t get the aid and stuff I needed.”

At that point, most high school graduates push the panic button. Prevost resisted that urge.

Shortly thereafter, at a senior all-star game in Syracuse, Prevost met Chuck Wilbur. The well-known head coach at Onondaga Community College told Prevost he had a spot available on his national championship team for him, but he’d have to earn it.

Little did Wilbur know then he was playing right into Prevost’s hands.

Less than two years later, Prevost has earned his way — and much, much more. After recording 47 goals and 66 assists as a freshman, the 5-foot-10, 170-pound attackman signed a National Letter of Intent to play for Joe Breschi at the University of North Carolina beginning this fall.

Armed with a 3.8 grade point average and still-untapped potential, Prevost enters his sophomore year as LM’s Preseason Player of the Year.

“What makes him so good,” Wilbur said, “is his work ethic. We’ve had kids, unbelievably talented kids. We’ve sent elite players on to Division I programs, but I can’t remember a kid with the same work ethic that Ed has.”

Wilbur said Prevost is a first-guy last-guy player in practice — first guy on the field, last guy off. On more than one occasion, Prevost has followed up a grueling OCC practice with a weightlifting session and additional running.

Whatever that “it” factor is that drives Prevost, he has it in abundance. Despite the individual attention given him following last year’s breakout season and this November’s signing, Prevost is passionate about one thing.

The Lazers.

“First and foremost, I could really care less about the individual stuff anymore,” he said. “I want to win a national championship, and that’s it. I want to get a ring very bad. Badly.”

Surprisingly enough, the Lazers didn’t get one last spring.

The Nassau Lions earned that distinction, after a 15-11 win over Onondaga in the NJCAA semifinals and an 11-6 victory over Essex in the national championship game.

Both Herkimer, which beat split two games with Onondaga last spring, and Nassau were hit hard by turnover, Wilbur said. And although junior college rosters can be as unpredictable as the weather, the Lazers plan on putting a power-packed lineup on the field in March.

Once summer hits, Prevost will head south to join his new family in Raleigh — and put behind him the extended, miserable winters of Watertown and Upstate New York.

For such a driven student-athlete that 19 months ago was uncertain of his future, the turn of events appears well-earned.

“It was a lot of relief (when I signed),” Prevost said. “I’m happy with it. I wouldn’t change the decision for anything. I think this is going to be a great experience for me.”

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