Churchville-Chili High School senior Ryan TerHaar recently signed his letter of intent to play Division II lacrosse for Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pennsylvania.
The signing ceremony was attended by family, friends and Churchville-Chili coaches. TerHaar said he is excited to major in intelligence analysis at Mercyhurst’s Ridge College of Intelligence Studies and Applied Sciences.
“Mercyhurst has a really good lacrosse team, and it will be challenging to play with them,” TerHaar said. “It’s also the No.1 school in the country for my career path, which is exciting for me. I like the small campus, the atmosphere and the people I’ve met, and it’s still close to home.”
“Ryan’s role on our team is vital, but often goes unsung,” said Coach Donald Benedict, who graduated from Mercyhurst in 2011 and played for the lacrosse team. “As a defensive player, he doesn’t get the glorified statistics like goals and assists. He covers the offensive threats and takes most of the faceoffs. His stats are pure will and grit.
“Ryan is a really exciting player to watch. He has great stick skills and is exceptionally fast in what is arguably the fastest game out there. He is so committed to the mental aspect of the game. He watches film on opponent play and on himself. The coaching staff jokes that he knows more than we do, and sometimes, he does.”
Benedict said that TerHaar was “an absolute pleasure to coach for the last four years.” He is proud that TerHaar selected Mercyhurst and will play for the same coach he played for during his time in college.
“We couldn’t be prouder of Ryan,” said Michael Murray, athletic director. “He’s a great kid, a hard worker and has been an asset to our lacrosse team for his entire high school career. He has a great future ahead of him.”