Dublin Jerome High School lacrosse standouts Scott Ruhl and Steven Simonetti have paved the way for other Celtics. Ruhl and Simonetti were rewarded for stellar scholastic careers by signing letter of intents to play lacrosse at the Division I collegiate level. Contributor Frank DiRenna has more.
Dublin Jerome High School lacrosse standouts Scott Ruhl and Steven Simonetti have paved the way for other Celtics.
Ruhl and Simonetti were rewarded for stellar scholastic careers by signing letter of intents to play lacrosse at the Division I collegiate level.
Ruhl became the first Celtic lacrosse player to sign a letter when he decided to attend Towson University.
“It's definitely a good accomplishment, but I'm certainly not the first D-I caliber lacrosse player to come out of Jerome,” Ruhl said. “I guess I got lucky with the timing being the first one to actually go off to a D-1 program. The kids last year were equally as talented.”
Simonetti signed a letter to play at the University of Denver.
“We're pretty excited,” Jerome coach AJ Auld said. “We've had a lot of good players come through and I'm glad we're starting to get a little bit of attention to get some looks from some Division I programs.”
The pair played key roles in the Celtics' success in just three years of play.
Led by Ruhl and Simonetti, Jerome claimed a Division I state title in its first season in 2005, capped by a 14-10 win over Kent Roosevelt in the state championship game.
Jerome reached the state title game in 2006, falling to Upper Arlington 9-6.
The Celtics dropped a 10-8 decision to Worthington Kilbourne in the regional finals this past season.
Ruhl leaves Jerome as the program's all-time goal scorer with 122. He added 29 assists and 134 ground balls.
The versatile Ruhl was named first-team all-Ohio the past two seasons.
As a junior, the 6-foot-5 Ruhl earned the recognition at midfielder. After graduation depleted the Celtics' attack, Ruhl earned first-team recognition as an attackman.
“It really took a lot from Scott to say whatever the team needs,” Auld said.
“He stepped right in and didn't miss a beat. I can't recall a guy who has gotten first-team all-state as a junior midfielder and then first-team all-state at a completely different position at attack. He really stepped in and just went right through and was very successful for us. That's just the type of player that he is and the type of teammate that he was.”
Towson, located north of Baltimore, MD, plays in the Colonel Athletic Association Conference and regularly faces powerhouse programs of Virginia, Hofstra, Maryland and Johns Hopkins. Johns Hopkins claimed its second national title in three years and ninth overall after beating Duke 12-11 on May 28.
Towson closed out the season at 9-7 after losing to fourth-seeded Cornell 14-6 on May 12 in the first round of the lacrosse championships. The Tigers finished 14th in the final Division I computer rankings.
“I had a couple other offers, but it seemed like the Towson coach (Tony Seaman) really wanted me compared to the other guys,” Ruhl said. “The school is pretty nice, too. They have some things that I want to study.”
Simonetti, a 6-3 215-pound defenseman, is also a two-time all-Ohio first team selection.
He finished his career second in ground balls at Jerome with 247. Simonetti scored five goals and dished out six assists.
The University of Denver, which plays in the All-Great Western Lacrosse League, closed out the 2007 season at 9-7 overall and 4-2 in the GWLL, good for third place.
The Pioneers finished 30th in the final computer rankings.
“Steven has been our quarterback on the defensive end of the field for three years and he should fit in very well at Denver,” Auld said. “His intelligence and game sense combined with his overall athleticism make him a 'complete package' defender. Steven has worked very hard to become one of the best defenseman in the state and we look forward to watching him compete as a Pioneer for the next four years.”