MOUNT PLEASANT, N.Y. -- In a brief afternoon ceremony on Monday and in front of an overflowing contingent of family and friends, Westlake High School senior Anthony Sardo Jr. signed a letter of intent to play Division 1 lacrosse for Monmouth University in Long Branch, N.J.
The Hawks entered Division I lacrosse in 2014 and are part of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC).
Before the signing, many coaches, teachers and teammates spoke about Anthony’s contribution to the sport. Westlake lacrosse coach Hunter Bernard congratulated Anthony for his leadership and for being a role model to younger lacrosse athletes. “This day resonates throughout our program. Anyone who puts on a Westlake jersey will know they can reach this level,” he said.
Anthony began playing lacrosse as a fourth grader on the very first youth lacrosse team in Mount Pleasant. Since then, Athletic Director Donna Pirro said he ignited a spark for Mount Pleasant lacrosse with his athleticism, play and work ethic. She noted that Anthony excelled as a three-sport athlete at Westlake, which made it that much harder to earn a Division 1 scholarship.
She congratulated him on making Westlake history in the sport. An honor roll student, Anthony is a five-year varsity starter at the attack position and was a three-time All League selection and All-Section Honorable Mention last year. He is a two year captain and is Westlake’s all-time leading scorer with 173 goals and 73 assists over his career. Anthony also plays for two travel teams: Prime Time and Moonlight Lacrosse.
This summer and fall, he participated in the New York Lacrosse Association Showcase, Philly Showcase, Adrenaline Fall Invitational and Inside Lacrosse Recruiting Invitational.