Dec. 1, 2009
QUEENS, N.Y. -
He won't take the field for St. John's until the season starts with an exhibition game at Massachusetts on January 30th, but senior Red Storm lacrosse defender Jerry Nevin will gain invaluable experience well beforehand. Nevin has been selected as one of 12 Irish-American lacrosse players to represent Ireland in the World Championships of Lacrosse this upcoming summer.
From January 8-10, Nevin will attend a mini-camp in Dublin, Ireland to train with his team.
"I actually just found out a couple of weeks ago that I made the team that's going to be competing in the World Championships," Nevin said. "The whole process has been going really well."
After finding out about the international competition a few years back, Nevin was immediately interested. He competed in a full-day tryout at the United States Merchant Marine Academy to make the cut down to 20 players. Those 20 then competed for 13 team spots at the New York Athletic Club on Oct. 18, one day after Nevin played with the Red Storm in the Lacrosse for Leukemia exhibition tournament in Maryland.
"I got a call and an e-mail saying I made the team," Nevin said. "They made the team with 12 Irish-Americans and 12 or 13 Irishmen. I was very excited."
The 2010 FIL World Lacrosse Championships will be held July 15-24 in Manchester, England. Nevin will fly with the team from Dublin, Ireland, to Manchester for the championships a week beforehand.
Before coming to St. John's, Nevin was a top lacrosse player at St. Ignatius High School in San Francisco, Calif. The San Francisco Chronicle and CalHiSports.com named him a Top 100 athlete as a senior in 2006.
Nevin's athletic accomplishments come as no surprise, as he comes from a very athletic background. His father, Dan, played basketball for Santa Clara University and his brother, Joe, played basketball for San Diego. During Joe's stint at San Diego, the Toreros made an NCAA Tournament appearance in 2003.
Nevin was a three-sport athlete at St. Ignatius, playing football and basketball, before eventually committing to lacrosse.
A native of San Francisco, Nevin is one of only three Red Storm players from the West Coast. While most major lacrosse programs are still on the East Coast, there is a growing interest in the sport in California.
"In high school, all of my coaches were actually from the East Coast and New York," Nevin said. "But guys out there are enthusiastic about the game and more schools are picking it up now."
Being named to the Irish national team is not the only honor Nevin has received this fall season. Jerry was one of three captains for the Red Storm this year joining redshirt senior midfielder Tom Manes and senior goalkeeper Gavin Buckley.
"I'm really excited to be named captain," Nevin said. "I've been on a ton of teams and never have been named captain. To be recognized by the team and coaching staff means a lot."
The senior defender put up impressive numbers last season en route to a career-best 18 ground balls and 10 caused turnovers for the Red Storm. Throughout his career at St. John's, Nevin has posted 30 ground balls and 14 caused turnovers, seeing action in all 40 games since joining St. John's back in 2006.
"Jerry has been a steady contributor for us from day one," St. John's lacrosse head coach Jason Miller said. "We have called on him to play a variety of roles for us in his career and he has fully embraced that. Being named to the Irish National team is a great honor for Jerry."
Nevin is currently a finance major who also volunteers with the student development office to help incoming freshmen adjust to college life.
"I was really involved with volunteering in high school and Coach Miller emphasizes the importance of service and being involved with all aspects of life here at St. John's," Nevin said. "I like helping out people, especially when I've been in that same situation."
After graduating, Nevin plans to work in Manhattan in the finance industry.
"I'm looking forward to using the St. John's network to get into finance in the city, but I still have a lot of lacrosse to play before that."