Quaker Valley lacrosse star chooses Robert Morris
After a stellar career at Quaker Valley, Jimmy Perkins recently committed to play lacrosse at Robert Morris University in the coming year.
The commitment came as a bit of a surprise, as Perkins had signed a letter of intent in March to attend Lake Erie College. But when RMU renewed its interest late in the year, the opportunity to play at a Division I program was too good to pass up.
“It was always a school that I had as one of my top choices,” Perkins said. “I've always known the campus pretty well, being in the area.”
Perkins regularly has attended summer lacrosse camps with RMU and is pretty familiar with the workings of the program, he said. He expects the team to practice four or five times a week in the fall before starting conditioning after winter break for the spring season.
“I'm just thrilled that he's going to be just across the river, and I'll be able to continue to watch his career,” Quaker Valley coach Bill Marcotte said. “He'll continue to be an ambassador for Quaker Valley lacrosse.”
Perkins was an offensive standout for the Quaker Valley boys lacrosse team that finished its undefeated 18-0 season with a win in the WPIAL Division II championship game, 13-10 over Indiana.
He was named the WPIAL Division II Player of the Year by the Pittsburgh Lacrosse Foundation in both his junior and senior seasons. He finished his career as a two-time US Lacrosse All-American, the first player in Quaker Valley lacrosse history to be named an All-American.
“I think he's left a legacy,” Marcotte said. “He's left a mark on the program, and it's something that other kids can look to and can say, ‘I want to do that.' ”
As a senior, Perkins scored 101 goals and added 62 assists, breaking his own team records of 90 goals and 42 assists from his junior season.
Perkins was also instrumental in leading the Quakers to three consecutive PIHL Class A Penguins Cup ice hockey titles. He led the league in scoring as a senior with 86 points (49 goals, 37 assists).
His success as a multi-sport athlete forced him to choose between the two sports he loves.
“It was tough,” Perkins said, “but I'd say I'm a little more gifted in lacrosse.”
In an age when more and more athletes are being encouraged to specialize in one sport from an early age, he credits his experience as a hockey player as one of the reasons he'll be continuing as a lacrosse player on the next level.
“I've seen kids at other schools definitely give up other sports that they love to play — lacrosse, for example, because it's growing quickly in college,” he said, “I don't necessarily agree with that, because a lot of college coaches like to see multisport athletes. It also gives them a reason to think that you'll have room to grow into your sport in college.”
Gary Horvath is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at email@example.com.