HAVERLING - Haverling High School’s Jordon Deats signed his National Letter of Intent to play DII Lacrosse next fall at Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester Tuesday at a small ceremony outside Haverling High School that included immediate family.
Many factors influenced Deats to choose Roberts Wesleyan including coaching staff, campus as well as the chance to get to play with his brother.
"[Roberts Wesleyan head lacrosse coach] Coach [Rocky] Delfino is a great guy," said Deats. "The opportunity to play with my brother and the whole campus atmosphere is great."
Location also played a big role in the decision to chose Roberts Wesleyan with the school being only an hour and a half away.
"I wanted to be close to where my parents can come watch my games," said Deats.
Deats also participated in soccer and basketball at Haverling. Deats played goalie in the Rams’ state final four run for the soccer team in the fall.
Fortunately, Deats visited Roberts last spring and had an opportunity to meet some people his would be playing with.
"I went up last March, visited the campus and did an overnight with guys," said Deats.
On the field for the Rams, Deats recorded a total of 79 goals and 82 assists in three years on varsity including finding the back of the net 53 times in 2019.
Deats helped the Rams to two winning seasons in his three years on the Haverling varsity lacrosse team and will look on his time as a Ram fondly.
"I’m going to remember just all the stuff that all my teachers and coaches have taught me about hard work and just being a good person. [Matt] Hill, [Bill] Baker and [Ken] DiDomineck have always told us when you are an athlete, you represent the community of Bath and to represent it well. That’s what I tried to do."
Deats joins a Roberts Wesleyan squad that was 4-3 before the cancelation of the season and finished 7-8 in 2019.