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ELITE PLAYER: Bryce Jurk, left, demonstrates grit and determination on the field during the recent 15 Underclassman Tournament.

Carlisle lacrosse player signs with Division 1 team

A budding 17-year-old lacrosse star is set to attend a Connecticut university on a full athletic scholarship starting in the fall of 2013.

Carlisle’s Bryce Jurk, who attended Balaclava Public School and Waterdown District High School, has committed to Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut to play on the school’s Division 1 field lacrosse team.

The local teen, currently attending a preparatory school in Pawling, New York, was first introduced to Canada’s official sport at the age of four. Over the course of the past three years, he’s played for the Ontario EDGE Elite Field Lacrosse team, which only plays in highly recruited US summer and fall lacrosse tournaments.

Jurk, a middie, has demonstrated great strength and competitive spirit on the turf. Armed with an accurate shot and swift moves, the Carlisle resident’s agility and aptitude caught the eye of several scouts recently.

But a review of his academic score would limit Jurk from achieving his goal of playing for a Division 1 school south of the border. So the young lacrosse player decided to follow in the footsteps of many of his EDGE teammates: attend prep school.

Academics

Now a student at Trinity-Pawling School, an all boys’ boarding school, Jurk has been hitting the books to improve his academic level.

The New York educational facility, which requires students to attend classes six days per week as well as a nearly two-hour long mandatory study hall, also compels students to take part in three sports yearly. Jurk, who has played rep hockey since an early age, made the cut on the junior varsity hockey team this season. In the spring, he’ll take his skills to the field, playing for the school’s varsity lacrosse team.

“I must say, Bryce has surprised us,” said his parents, John Jurk and Katherine Smith. “His first semester marks made Sacred Heart University believe that after completing two years of prep school, he will be the student and athlete they are looking for.”

Jurk looks forward to attending the Fairfield school, an educational facility with a strong lacrosse program. After ongoing conversations with Sacred Heart’s coaching staff, Jurk believes the university is the right fit for him.

“I am looking forward to all the opportunities and experiences that university has to offer,” said Jurk in an interview with EDGE Lacrosse, adding that playing Division 1 lacrosse is a “dream come true.”

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