HGP lacrosse player Conor Sablich signs with Moravian College
With family members, his lacrosse coach Ryan Tessler, athletic director Jim Stewart, HGP principal Jeff Danilak and some of his classmates cheering him on, Holy Ghost Prep senior Conor Sablich signed a letter of intent Feb. 24 to play lacrosse for Moravian College.
“When I visited Moravian, I just felt comfortable there,” says Sablich, who will study accounting in college and plans to attend law school down the road. “It just felt like home.”
Moravian was the right choice for a number of reasons, according to Sablich, who chose the Greyhounds over Washington College, Widener University and Muhlenberg.
Moravian’s Division III lacrosse team, coached by Dave Carty, is in its second year as a varsity sport in 2017 after being a club sport. The Greyhounds went 10-6 last season. The opportunity to get in on the ground floor of building a college program—plus the camaraderie he felt among the Greyhound players during his visits to the school, the picture-postcard beauty of the school’s Bethlehem, Pa. campus, and the proximity to his parents’ home—were all key factors in his decision.
“Moravian gives me the best of both worlds,” says Sablich. “I’m away from home, but I’m close enough that my parents will easily be able to come see me play in college.”
Tessler believes that Moravian landed an excellent two-way player in Sablich, a returning starter at midfield.
“Moravian is getting the consummate teammate in Conor and an extremely hard worker,” says Tessler. “Conor is a great student-athlete who truly represents what HGP is all about when it comes to personal development. He will be a senior leader for our program this year.”
With his college decision behind him, Sablic can focus on his senior season. After advancing to the district playoffs during his freshman and sophomore years, an extremely young Holy Ghost Prep team struggled mightily last spring, winning just one game. But with its entire starting lineup back, Sablich foresees great things for the Firebirds in 2017.
“All of our starters are back from last year,” says Sablic. “Our off-season workouts have been great and everyone is fired up to turn things around. I’m sure other teams are sleeping on us, but we’re hungry to succeed this year and have the talent to do it.”
Says Tessler: “We return 85 percent of our scoring, our goalie, all of our defense and our top face-off option. More importantly, our guys invested time in each other and trained extremely hard to make 2017 a bounce-back year for the Firebirds. The team has truly embodied the ‘One Heart, One Mind’ mentality as we prepare for our spring campaign.”