George Mason lands top Virginia prospect

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Peter Lam, a Class of 2012 defender prospect from Fairfax, Va., confirmed Thursday night that he has committed to George Mason.

Lam is a former Under-17 Youth National Team defender and earned all-league honors in the Development Academy last season as a member of McLean Youth Soccer. He started all 27 matches in which he appeared for the Under-17/18 squad during the 2010-11 season. He has started all eight matches this season, scoring two goals and helped McLean to first place early in the season.

He is rated No. 47 on the most recent ESPNHS Top 150 for the Class of 2012.

Lam attends Fairfax (Fairfax, Va.), where he has earned All-Liberty Division honors the past two seasons.

He joins a George Mason recruiting class that includes Brice Colcombe, David Ellis, Ryan Harmouche, Kevin Roberts, Aaron Safadi and Edgar Zepeda.

Why George Mason?: "George Mason is certainly a program on the rise. They have a great coaching staff and a great amount of talent there. The recruiting class of 2012 is also very strong and I feel as if next year Mason will have a great shot at winning the CAA. Mason is also very close to home and that allows me to stay close to my family and friends and it also allows them to come out and support the team at the games. I have grown up in the Fairfax area my whole life and it just felt right that I should play for my hometown. I'm extremely excited to put on the George Mason uniform next year and I hope to make an impact right away."

What did you learn about the recruiting process?: "The recruiting process was definitely stressful at times for me. The biggest thing for me was to stay persistent and try to communicate with coaches as well as possible. I was a little late on committing but I think staying patient paid off in the end for my family and I."