Two Amity residents who are student-athletes at Notre Dame of West Haven made college commitments in their respective sports in front of family and friends Thursday afternoon.
Joe Biondi ‘15 signed to play lacrosse at Florida Southern, while Evan Lumpinski ‘15 will take his baseball talents to UMass-Amherst.
Biondi, who hails from Orange, has been a three-year stalwart on the Green Knights lacrosse team. A midfielder, Biondi was named co-captain for the 2015 lacrosse team. He also had a stellar summer playing for Team Connecticut and Unparalleled Lacrosse in several prestigious tournaments, including the Brine National Lacrosse Classic in Maryland. He is the son of Maria Biondi of the Orange VNA.
“Joe is a do-it-all midfielder,” said Notre Dame Head lacrosse coach A.J. Alessi. “He is a tough kid, who is an offensive threat, can shoot with both hands, and a key face-off guy for us. He had a great summer and I am excited for this college opportunity for him.”
Biondi, who also plays hockey for Notre Dame, chose Florida Southern for a pair of reasons. He said, “It’s a great academic school which has a unique human movement performance academy that will help me achieve his goal of becoming a physical therapist. Plus, it has had a lot of recent lacrosse success and I am looking forward to continuing that.”
Biondi added, “I am thankful for my family, who helped me immensely with this process as well as all my coaches and teammates who have helped me get to this point. While I am looking forward to my college experience, I can’t wait to get both my senior year of hockey and lacrosse seasons underway.”
Meanwhile, Woodbridge resident Evan Lumpinski ‘15 signed to play baseball at UMass-Amherst. A key contributor on last spring’s Notre Dame state champion baseball team, Lumpinski is a great hitter who can play multiple positions, including outfield and first base.
Lumpinski led Notre Dame with 22 RBI’s and 2 HR’s last season. His .300 batting average was fourth on the team while he was second with five doubles and third on the team with 24 hits. He also had the go-ahead RBI single that gave Notre Dame the lead for good in Notre Dame’s 9-2 championship-game win over Masuk last June at Palmer Field.
“I liked the coaches at UMass a lot,” said Lumpinski, who will serve as a tri-captain for the Notre Dame baseball nine this coming spring. “I wanted to go to a big school, it’s close to home, and I feel like I have a chance to contribute right away. They offer my major as I want to study environmental science so the combination just felt like the best fit for me.”
“Evan has a great swing and had some big hits for us last year,” said head coach Lou Kessler ‘77. “He is a strong kid, who can hit for power but go to the opposite field as well. Hitting is not easy but he can make it look easy at times with his sweet swing. He is someone you want at the plate with runners in scoring position”