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Utes Add West Islip Goalie Dalton Fontana

Dalton FontanaThe University of Utah Men’s Lacrosse team has received a verbal commitment from Goalie Dalton Fontana from West Islip, New York to play for the Utes beginning in the Fall of 2013.
“I’m very excited to have Dalton joining us next season,” said Utah Head Coach Rick Kladis. “Dalton is a smart kid with a deep interest in graphic design and Utah has a fantastic program for that. Also, he’s a big ski guy, so he naturally had an interest in coming out to Utah anyway. When he found out that we not only allow, but actually encourage our players to take advantage of the outdoor opportunities here like skiing, his eyes got really big.”
Fontana started playing lacrosse in 3rd grade and feels his biggest accomplishment so far is winning the Class A New York State Championship this past season with his team, the West Islip Lions. West Islip has won five of the last seven New York Class A Championships, losing in overtime two years ago which would have been the sixth.
“The lacrosse program at West Islip is well known across the nation,” said Fontana. “Some alumni out of West Islip are Justin Turri and Kyle Turri, both starters for Duke. The most known player to come from this town is Nicky Galasso, holding multiple records including most high school career points (500) and most points as a freshman for North Carolina (56).”
Coach Kladis knows that Fontana is a special player.
“Coming out of West Islip, Dalton is a kid that could play at a lot of places, so I think him choosing Utah speaks about what we have to offer here,” said Kladis. “I mean kids can get a top-tier education first and foremost, play high-level competitive lacrosse, and of course there is nowhere better in the world to be if you like to ski.  For Dalton, Utah is a perfect fit. I have no doubt that he is going to have a fantastic college experience on and off the field and will have a bright future in a career he has a passion for when he’s done.”
A recent trip to Utah helped Fontana seal the deal.
“When I visited the U, I really enjoyed the lacrosse program,” said Fontana. “The coaching staff is very likable and effective. They get done what needs to be done while having fun doing it. The players are a great group of guys and I look forward to playing with them for the next 4 years.”
Fontana will hope to lead the Lions to another championship in 2013 and join the Utes in the fall.

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