Playing lacrosse at St. Augustine Prep for coach J.C. Valore does not guarantee a student-athlete a future spot on an NCAA Division I lacrosse roster.
It just seems that way.
Juniors Ernie Alvino and John Fox recently announced their college choices.
Alvino and Fox are the fifth and sixth members of the Prep's current junior class to commit to play Division I lacrosse.
Add the four Prep seniors also committed to play and the Hermits now have an incredible 10 players committed to play at the highest level of collegiate lacrosse.
"We have a really good coach who attracts a lot of good kids and then makes them into even better players," Alvino said. "I have a ton of respect for (Valore). He does everything he can for his players - he's the best."
Alvino is one of South Jersey's top goalies.
The 16-year-old Mullica Hill native will attend the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs.
"It's a great place, a great school," Alvino said. "I can serve my country and they have a great team.
"It feels good to know where I am going to go in a couple years. It's good to be done and be able to focus on my high school season."
Fox was one of the leaders of the Prep's midfield and finished his sophomore season with 10 goals and 11 assists.
The 16-year-old Marlton resident accepted a partial athletic scholarship to attend Fairfield University in Connecticut, where he will study business and economics at the Dolan School of Business.
Fox knew what he wanted to do at an early age.
"I have always loved lacrosse and I always wanted to play Division I," Fox said. "Once I got to high school I kind of used (lacrosse) as a helper to get into a better school."
Fox will join current Prep senior Will Fox (no relation) at Fairfield, a school with no football team and a storied lacrosse history.
"I really liked that lacrosse is their biggest sport, their best sport," Fox said. "I really liked the coaches and the area the school is in and it's well-known academically."
Will Fox, Bryce Young (University of Maryland), Dean DiSimone (University of Delaware) and Aaron Denesevich (Wagner College) are the Prep seniors already committed.
Alvino, John Fox, Chase Young and Joe Eisele (University of Delaware), James Kitchen (Hofstra) and Nick DeCaprio (University of Michigan) are the juniors.
Having at least future 10 collegiate lacrosse players will make the Prep one of the premier teams in South Jersey and possibly even the state.
"We're going for the state championship," Alvino said. "We're trying to get the first one and I think we have a good shot."
Added Fox, "A state championship is always the goal for us. We're returning a good amount of players and only losing two or three starters. This is a big year for us. I think we have a great chance for a state championship."
Contact John O’Kane: