December 21, 2010

Top JuCo Player Pratt Signs with 'Cuse

from staff reports

Monday was a big day for Onondaga midfielder Matt Pratt. He was named LM's junior college preseason player of the year and received a scholarship and letter and intent from Syracuse.

© Greg Wall

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Matt Pratt, a standout midfielder for the Onondaga Community College men's lacrosse team and Lacrosse Magazine's 2011 junior college preseason player of the year, will play at Syracuse University in 2012.

Pratt, a sophomore, has received a scholarship and letter of intent from Syracuse to transfer in fall 2011. The Binghamton, N.Y., native is a mathematics and science major at Onondaga and currently holds a 3.3 grade point average.

"It's a dream come true – using what I learned here to play for a well-recognized University in our area," he said. "It's close to home and I grew up following their team."

Pratt is a graduate of Chenango Forks High School and received All-American honors with its lacrosse team. He currently plays midfield at Onondaga and will serve as the team's co-captain in 2011. With 30 goals and 25 assists, Pratt helped lift the Lazers to their fourth national title last season. He was named first team All-American last season.

"We're proud of Matt for all the hard work he's put into school and into his game on the field," said Chuck Wilbur, head coach of the Onondaga Community College men's lacrosse team. "We think he'll be a great addition to Syracuse's team next season, and we're relying on him this season for another challenging run to a championship."

In addition to Pratt, the following student-athletes from OCC will transfer to four-year colleges:

Packy Dollard, Attack – University of Hartford
Marcus Emerson, Midfield – St. Lawrence University
Ike Hopper, Attack – Florida Southern College
Connor Regin, Midfield – Le Moyne College
Pete Schneider, Midfield – SUNY Cortland
Daniel Shields, Attack – St. Andrew's College

With more than 12,000 students, Onondaga Community College is the second-largest undergraduate institution in Central New York and one of the nation's fastest-growing community colleges. Founded in 1961, it is a comprehensive two-year college operating under the State University of New York (SUNY) and is locally sponsored by Onondaga County. Onondaga offers nearly 50 programs of study, bachelor and master's degrees available on campus through the Regional Higher Education Center, and more than 80 transfer agreements with four-year colleges and universities. Home to four-time NJCAA national champion men's lacrosse and 2009 NJCAA women's lacrosse teams, Onondaga has fifteen intercollegiate men's and women's athletic teams.

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