John Wellington, D, Orchard Park (NY) has signed a National Letter of Intent to Roberts Wesleyan College. John played on the Orchard Park Varsity Lacrosse team last year. Playing summer ball with Northeast FCA he attended Lake Erie Showcase, SU Shootout, Stowe Showcase and the Albany Power Tournament. He also considered Adrian College, Fairfield University, Houghton College LeMoyne College, and Messiah College.
Name: John Wellington
High School: Orchard Park 2014
Club Team: Northeast FCA
We were recently able to catch up with John and here is what he had to say:
Where and when did you first begin playing lacrosse?
I started playing in 8th grade for the Modified team at school. At that time, I played attack. I switched to LSM in 9th grade.
Why did you choose to attend Roberts Wesleyan College?
I like the direction the program is going. Coach Delfino seems like a coach who really wants to win and is willing to do what is needed to take his program to the next level.
What are you looking forward to most at the next level?
I’m looking forward to continuing my career and having fun doing it.
What are your future goals beyond college lacrosse?
I’m not totally sure, but I know that I want to be a coach in the future. But as far as a career, I’m considering Physical Education, Physical Therapy, and working for FCA.
Can you provide some insight into your experience with FCA, when did you join the program? How did you hear about the program? What was one of your favorite memories?
I joined FCA the summer going into my senior year. I joined because I liked the “mission” of FCA to share the love of Christ while playing lacrosse.
What advice do you have for any future FCA players about the recruitment process?
Have fun! It was a lot of fun for me to get emails and phone calls from so many different coaches. Also, start early! The sooner you begin your search, the more time you have to decide on a college.
What is your greatest strength as a lacrosse player? What is one part of your game you are focusing on getting better at before attending Roberts Wesleyan?
I’d say my strength is in ground balls and transition. When I win a ground ball, my next thought is get it up the field. So those two strengths work nicely together. Two things I’m working to improve on are strength and sliding. For most of my career I thought soccer was going to be what I played in college, so size was never really a factor I needed to worry about. I think everyone can work on sliding, but especially at the next level. People will get beat and I want to be able to put myself in the best position possible to be able to help them.
What is your favorite tailgate food?
Being from Buffalo…chicken wings. Buffalo Chicken Wings. After you have a wing from places like Duff’s or The Anchor Bar (two famous wing places in Buffalo) you’ll never have a wing that compares.
Celebrity you would most like to hang out with is?
Probably Frank Lampard. He’s a soccer player in England. I’ve liked him as a player for a long time.
Who is one lacrosse player that you have learned a great deal from?
Probably Joe Dragonette. He is a year older than I am and played the same position. He tore his ACL his senior year which threw me into the starting spot. Joe became almost like a coach for me as I adapted to the position.
What other lacrosse clubs have you played for over the years?
I played some fall ball with Champion Lacrosse from Buffalo and I play for Buffalo Soldiers as well.
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