Jason Brewster commits to nationally-recognized Division I lacrosse program
January 31, 2014When coach Morgan Rogers started the Valley Center Lacrosse Foundation seven years ago, little did he know how many doors he was opening for Valley Center youth. After only a year in Valley Center, lacrosse started sweeping the town, with players dying to try a new sport.
Jason Brewster was one of those boys. When he joined the team as a fourth grader, he was one of the youngest players on the team.
But after his third season playing, Brewster was selected to play on the San Diego All Star team, traveling to Ohio and then again the following year to Utah.
By the time Brewster was a freshman, lacrosse had spread into the high school and the first varsity team was being fielded. During that inaugural season, coach Robert Talley recognized Brewster's talent and love for the sport. Even though he was only a freshman, Brewster earned his spot as a starting varsity defenseman.
That season, his skill and enthusiasm on the field got the attention of Zach Burke, Poway coach and 3D SoCal Nike Select Coordinator. Coach Burke invited Jason to try out for his elite team, which traveled back east showcasing young talent to prestigious schools.
Fast forward a few years, Jason, now a junior and captain of the VCHS varsity lacrosse team, continued to train year round. During lacrosse season, Brewster trains with the VCHS program run by Coach Talley and Coach Rogers, while during off-season and summers, he works Nike 3D Select- run by coach Burke and coach Mike Matthai, San Marcos varsity lacrosse coach.
Brewster's sophomore and junior year have been a whirlwind, as he has traveled much of the year to play lacrosse nationwide.
This past week his dream of playing lacrosse for a Division 1 college came true, as Brewster gave a verbal commitment to the University of Maryland Baltimore County, a nationally-recognized Division I lacrosse program. After several prospects and much research, Brewster decided that UMBC was the perfect school for him.
Known academically for their undergraduate teaching in STEM classes (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), Brewster, a future science major, felt comfortable and at ease when visiting the college. But it was the coaching staff and the stellar lacrosse program, which solidified that UMBC was the school for him. With an outstanding reputation, the program has produced six professional lacrosse players in the past few years, has been league champions four years in a row and is coached by a renowned coach, Don Zimmerman, who is not only well known for his coaching but also the lessons he instills on the young men he has the opportunity to coach.
Brewster is one of a very select few lacrosse players nationwide who will have the opportunity to not only play DI college lacrosse, with only 1,000 spots for over 200,000 boys, but who will also receive an athletic scholarship for his talents. Brewster will begin his DI lacrosse career after graduating from VCHS in 2015 and will hopefully be the first of many VCHS lacrosse players to play lacrosse in college.
The Brewster family would like to thank all of these amazing men for their help and support with Jason! None of this would have been possible without their dedication to helping lacrosse grow in our community.