Caitlyn Wurzburger has yet to begin her eighth grade season at American Heritage (Delray, Fla.), but she already has her college selected.
Wurzubrger, an attack, gave a verbal commitment to Syracuse and coach Gary Gait this week, according to Florida Lacrosse News, becoming the first commit in the Class of 2020. Wurzburger was named to the Sun-Sentinel’s All-Palm Beach lacrosse team last spring as a seventh grader and has taken part in Syracuse’s winter lacrosse camp.
This is not the earliest a lacrosse player has accepted a scholarship but comes at a time when the college coaches association in men’s and women’s lacrosse has each independently supported proposals that would ban contact with recruits until the start of the player’s junior year. The proposal from the women’s coaches association is scheduled to enter the NCAA legislative process this month.
Until the rules are changed, coaches need to continue to do what the rules allow to get top-level commits to their programs, even if those players are in eighth grade.
Wurzburger has played extensively on the club circuit with Florida Select and played on the youth level with the Delray Beach Riptide.
Lacrosse runs in her family and she has a connection to Central New York. Her father, Rob, was a star at Syracuse-area national powerhouse West Genesee High in the early 1990s before going to Maryland, where he was a two-time All-American.