With spring sports and lacrosse practices kicking off across the state this week, we’re catching up with one of the sports’ rising stars.
Xaverian freshman Sean Sperzel has yet to suit up for the reigning Division 1 state champion Hawks, but he recently ended his college search, giving a verbal commitment to Penn State.
We recently caught up with the 5-foot-10, 160-pound attack for this Q-and-A:
Q: What helped make you decision to go with Penn State?
A: “I spent three days at Penn State and was able to watch practice, their game against Michigan, and speak to players on the team, including James Burke [Duxbury] and Connor Darcey [Wellesley] who both played for Laxachusetts. Everyone I spoke to had great things to say about Penn State, the lacrosse program, and Coach [Jeff] Tambroni and his staff.”
Q: What other programs had expressed interest or made offers?
A: “I went on unofficial visits to Penn, Villanova, BU, Princeton, and Penn State. I really wanted to go to a big school that had a good business program and a school that would have a chance to play for championships. Penn State offered all these things and I really liked Coach Tambroni and his staff. Penn State's lacrosse facilities were amazing and they will be moving to the Big 10 in lacrosse, so they will play some great competition. Having just beat [then] No. 3 Notre Dame, they are already playing at the highest level. I knew it was the place for me, so I verbally accepted their scholarship offer a few days after my visit.”
Q: In what ways did your brother (Xaverian senior midfielder D.J. Sperzel) help you out in this process?
A: “It helped a lot that D.J. went through this process too, because I knew a little about what to expect. He and I talked a lot about the right fit for a school with academics, social life, lacrosse, and geography – all important things. I also had a chance to see a lot of colleges over the past few years during summer lacrosse tournaments. This really helped me know what kind of school I would want to go to.”
Q: What are your expectations for the upcoming season?
A: “I have a long way to go before I get there, so I just need to work really hard to keep getting better. I hope to contribute to Xaverian this year. I’ve known most of the kids on the team because of D.J. and we've been playing indoor this winter and have been having captains’ practices. I know the expectations for this year are pretty high and everyone has been working hard and getting ready for tryouts."