Ithaca High School senior Charlie Estill committed to the admissions process at Cornell this week and plans to suit up for the Big Red men’s lacrosse team.
Estill, an attackman, compiled 35 goals and 10 assists for the Little Red this past season.
“It’s a top-notch school and obviously that was a huge factor,” Estill said. “I wanted to go somewhere that would challenge me academically. Also, just as important, it has great lacrosse tradition, a great program. They made it to the Final Four this year. It’s a combination of those two factors and the fact that it’s in town. I grew up watching Max Seibald and Rob Pannell play, so it will be nice to wear the same uniform that they did.”
Estill considered joining his sister, Caroline, a sophomore rower, at Dartmouth before deciding to commit to Cornell.
“They’ve shown time and time again that they are a championship contender,” Estill said. “Coach (Ben) DeLuca is a great guy. He really knows what he is talking about and he went to Cornell himself, so he’s been in the same position that all the players are in and what they are going through.”
Estill will be one of the key returning players for the Little Red. Ithaca High graduated 24 seniors from a team that lost in the state quarterfinals to Section 3 power West Genesee in June.
“There is a big void to fill in terms of talent,” Estill said. “It will be nice to have that recruiting stuff behind me, so I can focus on helping my team.”