CARLISLE — Max Breschi has loved lacrosse for as long as he can remember. He’s been around it his entire life.
So when the time came to decide on what he wanted to play at the collegiate level, it was a no brainer.
“I’ve always enjoyed football, I live for those Friday nights, but lacrosse has been in my blood since the day I was born,” said Breschi, who played both lacrosse and football for Carlisle. “I’ve just been around it my whole life. I got some pretty good offers for football, but I just felt like lacrosse is what I really enjoy.”
The Breschis have been synonymous with lacrosse well before Max ever picked up a stick. Most notably, Max’s uncle, Joe Breschi, currently serves as the head coach for the University of North Carolina’s team.
On Thursday, Max Breschi joined his uncle at the collegiate ranks, signing with Division III Bates College as part of Carlisle’s College Signing Day.
“It means a lot to me,” Max Breschi said of finally making it official. “Academic-wise, I’ve been working really hard. Bates is a great academic school. My family has always been about academics first and then sports. I feel blessed and couldn’t be happier right now.”
The Carlisle senior said his uncle played an important role in his recruiting process. The coaches at Bates, located in Lewiston, Maine, were able to contact him at UNC and get a real feel for the type of player Max could be.
After a few overnights with the team and some camps with the coaches, the Carlisle attack was sold.
“The guys there were great and I felt like that’s where I fit in the most,” he said.
Joining Max in the Division III ranks is teammate Jon Mundell, who Thursday just two seats over signed with Randolph Macon, in Ashland, Va.
Like his teammate, the decision to play lacrosse in college was an easy one.
“I think the opportunity that I had here, especially with the quality of the lacrosse team we have, we were able to stand out,” Mundell said. “Coaches were able to take notice that we had talent on our team.”
Max Breschi and Mundell still have their senior seasons — which will be their sixth playing lacrosse together — to make one last impression on their high school careers. But seeing their hard work pay off Thursday night was a moment neither will forget anytime soon.
“He’s like a brother to me,” Mundell said. “We always push each other. I think that half the reason our team is so successful is we’ve been playing together for such a long time. It’s really emotional to be able to sign with him.”
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