The summer between his sophomore and junior seasons, Gonzaga’s (Washington, D.C.) Timmy Monahan was feeling the pressure of being one of the top lacrosse players not yet committed to a college.
Monahan was not the best player on his team yet, and felt like he had to make his decision. The Zags are routinely a lacrosse breeding ground, and he made some trips to Ohio State and soon made his pledge to the Buckeyes.
In the months ahead, Monahan began to have doubts and visited Maryland a handful of times.
“It just didn’t feel right after I committed to go there,” said Monahan. “I really felt like I had to make a decision because everybody was expecting me to announce for Ohio State, Denver or Cornell, but I just didn’t feel it.”
Realizing that he may have jumped the gun, the celebrated attackman changed his mind and pledged his future to Maryland in September, 2014.
In lacrosse recruiting, Monahan’s decision was considered late, but for him it was the right, and the final move.
“I grew up a Maryland fan and I’ve always wanted to play for the Terps ever since I could remember,” said Monahan. “Maryland really didn’t give me a look until after I committed to Ohio State. When I told my coach I was re-thinking my decision, he told me that Maryland was interested so I went up there for a visit.”
Shortly after he visited, Monahan knew his heart was in College Park.
“I just couldn’t pass up the chance to play there,” he said. “I grew up a fan and liked what I saw in Coach [John] Tillman so I took the offer.”
After making his commitment, Monahan’s stock grew even more as he headed into his final season at Gonzaga. As a senior, in the powerful Gonzaga program, Monahan scored 64 goals, had 23 assists and picked up 45 ground balls for Coach Casey O’Neil. Monahan’s efforts helped Gonzaga to an 18-3 record and another WCAC title. He was the WCAC ‘Player of the Year’ and a first team All-Met selection.
In between his high school success this past season, Monahan found time to keep an eye on the Terps. He enjoyed watching them win their way to the national championship game against Denver in Philadelphia.
“I watched almost every game this year and I am so familiar with all of the players. I don’t know them personally, but I watched how they play and how they played the game,” he said. “It was tough watching them lose to Denver but, hey, they made it all the way to the championship game.”
Monahan understands what it means to be an Under Armour All-American, having played in the Underclassman Tournament as a junior.
“I remember watching the players head into the stadium when I was playing on the lower fields,: he said. “It was my goal to get selected and I did. I don’t think it will set in until I get up there but it’s a pretty good feeling knowing that I made the team.”
The Under Armour All-America Game will be played at Towson University’s Johnny Unitas Stadium on Friday, July 3. For tickets and more information, visit underarmourlacrosse.com. Monahan is one of three Terps competing in the boys game next month.
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