Jake Hervada knew right away that the University of Delaware was the place for him.
After playing in a tournament there for his club team, Mesa Fresh 2015, staying in the dorms and visiting the school, there was little doubt in Hervada’s mind that UD was the place for him.
“I went there and just thought it was an awesome place,” said Hervada, a 2015 FOGO at The Haverford School. “They have all the majors in the world, the school is awesome and I felt like it was a perfect fit.”
That made it an easy decision for Hervada to commit to the Blue Hens, choosing UD over Bryant, Fairfield and Villanova. He became the 15th Ford on the 2014 roster to publicly commit to a Division I school and the sixth in the 2015 class, joining attackmen Grant Ament (Penn State) and Brandon Shima (Michigan), Johns Hopkins-bound midfielders Lane Odom and Drew Supinski and defenseman Noah Lejman (Penn).
The proximity to Hervada’s Radnor home added to Delaware’s appeal and Hervada loved the combination of lacrosse, academics and campus enough to make the call for the Blue Hens.
“I like how it’s easy to get to,” Hervada said. “It’s a really easy drive, the lacrosse program is awesome and the school is absolutely beautiful. I liked the other three schools, but Delaware always just kind of stuck out above the rest for me.”
Hervada took the second-most faceoffs for Haverford last year, claiming 45 wins out of 85 attempts for a winning percentage of 52.9 percent at the X. Ridley Park resident Colin Bosak came on strong down the stretch to become the No. 1 faceoff man, but Hervada knows that there’s always competition for spots at Haverford.
“We’re all really good friends,” Hervada said of the Fords’ faceoff group,” and we all make each other much better every day at practice. We’re always competing and that helps us a lot as a team.”
Playing time can be hard to earn on coach John Nostrant‘s squad, and while Hervada admits that that can be hard to swallow at times, it makes everyone better.
“It is tough (to occasionally watch) but it’s such a competitive place and that helps us,” Hervada said. “It’s a ton of fun and I want to compete and help the team more this year.”
Hervada, who was recruited exclusively as a FOGO, didn’t attempt to hide his high expectations for the 2014 Fords. With a strong nucleus of players returning and a horde of elite talent yet again on Lancaster Avenue, it’s no secret that the Fords are extremely confident about their chances of doing big things next season.
“We just won the Under Armour Shootout Session III title so we’re looking good,” Hervada said. “We’re going to be really young again, but I think we’re going to be really good.”
Hervada is also a standout wrestler at Haverford. He went 38-15 this year, finished sixth at prep states and qualified for prep nationals. He became the 12th Delco 2015 verbal and will join Penncrest 2014 All-American Will Manganiello at Delaware. The full list of Delco commitments can be found here.
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