West Stokes senior Marcus Dowdy is one of three players on the Wildcats lacrosse team to play at the collegiate level.
Dowdy signed a letter of intent to join the program at William Peace University as the Pacers begin their second year of competition at the division three level.
“I was looking at a couple of different schools, but I like the location of the school and the fact I will be helping start a new program like here at West was a factor too,” said Dowdy. “It was a lot of fun playing at West and helping build the program and I expect it will be fun there.”
Dowdy has been a four year varsity player and was awarded all-conference his junior and senior seasons. He helped lead the Wildcats to the school’s first ever conference championship last season and a third round state playoff game. The team finished second behind Mt. Tabor in a tough 1A/2A/3A conference with the Cats losing in the second round of states this year. He tallied 62 career goals and 72 assists in 57 games played at West. He also had 127 ground balls.
“It’s been great watching Marcus grow for four years,” said Wildcat coach Colon Moore. “He has been a kid that responds to adversity like no other I have coached. He went from a player no one knew to other teams having to plan for him. It’s been really amazing to watch him evolve into the player he is today. He has determination like no other kid I’ve been around.”
Dowdy plans to major in sports management while attending the four year university. He is the son of Stephen and Jennifer Dowdy of King.
“We have done our research and we’re happy with what we’ve found out about the school,” said his father. “We’re pleased with the academic part and it seems to be a good school. It’s a great opportunity for Marcus. It’s a little further away than we would like, but yet close enough if we need to get there, we can.”
William Peace University is a liberal arts college in downtown Raleigh. It is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church, and offers undergraduate degrees in 26 majors. The University competes in the USA South Athletic Conference as a Division III school in the NCAA.
Robert Money can be reached at 336-749-1193.