Cotter signs to play Div. 1 lacrosse at Canisius

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 17 November 2016 at 2:30 pm

Contributed Photo – Medina High senior Jake Cotter here signs a National Letter of Intent Wednesday to accept a scholarship to play Division 1 lacrosse at Canisius College. Seated with him, from left, are his brother Adam, mother Mo and father Dave. In back are Medina Athletic Director Eric Valley and Mustangs variety lacrosse Coach Gordy Luthart.

Making school history, Medina High senior Jake Cotter became the first Mustnags player to receive a Division 1 lacrosse scholarship when he signed a National Letter of Intent Wednesday to attend Canisius College.

Canisius Coach Randy Mearns recruited Cotter this past summer while playing with the Buffalo Lacrosse Academy.

Cotter earned first team All-League an second team All-Western New York honors last year as a junior.

He began his varsity career as a freshman and has scored 130 goals for the Mustangs so far.

Cotter, who also excels academically with a 94 percent overall average, plans to major in Business Marketing at Canisius.

“I knew Jake was going to be something special when he started lifting weights with me in 7th grade,” said Medina varsity lacrosse Coach Gordy Luthart. “He is an exceptional athlete with a tremendous work ethic. That being said, he is an even better person. I am very proud of his accomplishments and would like to congratulate Jake and his family.”

Canisius is a Division 1 program that competes in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.