Holy Cross Baseball is proud to announce College Baseball commitments from the following seniors: Joe Bonvicini (Assumption College, Division II), Austin Brown (Western New England University, Division III), Connor Goggin (University of Hartford, Division I), Zach Lerner (Union College, Division III), Brian Parczyk (Dominican College, Division II) and Tim Zupkus (Bentley College, Division II).
All of these student-athletes started playing baseball at a very young age; some as young as four years old. Most of them have been active on Holy Cross's Varsity Baseball Team since their freshman year, under the leadership of Coach Mike Phelan '89. He is known by his players as being a stellar leader who takes in mind the needs of the team.
"I am extremely proud of what these seniors have accomplished in the classroom and on the diamond," said Coach Phelan. "They are tremendous young men and exceptional student-athletes who bring a great sense of pride, dedication, loyalty and competitive spirit to our school and program. I am excited about what their futures will hold."
"We have such a talented team," said Austin Brown. "It is fun to play with them. Coach Phelan is such a role model in the way he handles situations. He treats us like his family."
"Coach Phelan is a player's coach," said Tim Zupkus. "He keeps in mind what the players want and what the players want to do. He runs a lot of things by us including what we need to work on as a team."
"I definitely feel prepared to play in college," said Brian Parczyk. "During my time at Holy Cross, I have been learned how to balance academics and my athletic commitments."
The seniors are currently 82-11 over their four years. They contributed significantly to the school's first Class S State Championship in 2017 as well as their two-time defending NVL Championship. The team members agree that there are a lot of ups and downs, but it is imperative to always try to get better every day at practice and to embrace all challenges.
"We learned how to keep our heads up even on tough days," said Joe Bonvicini. "It is important to listen to the coach and put your trust in your other team members."
Austin credits his Holy Cross coaches for teaching him how to be humble and grounded. "Sometimes we lose," he said. "It is all about losing with class. Also, when we win, we don't show up our opponent."
For Connor Goggin, being part of the team allowed him to cement life-long friendships. "We have great chemistry as a team," he said. "We hang out on the weekends. We go out after games. These guys are great."
"We have some other members of our team who are going off to college," said Coach Phelan. "They won't participate in baseball, but I want to acknowledge their accomplishments. Corey Fappiano will play football at Endicott College. Also, Will Greene and Kingsten Zenick will attend Georgetown University and University of Vermont, respectively. I am proud of all of my players"