What a way to spend your senior year in high school. Both Conner Fingar and Jack Peterson celebrated their hard work and accomplishments last week by signing their National Letters of Intent to play lacrosse at the University of Albany.

Penn Yan lacrosse head coach Brian Hobart praised the two. “These two young men have worked very hard to give themselves this opportunity,” he said.  “I am excited to see them continue to develop.”

Even with the signing, the young men have more to do this spring on the lacrosse field for Penn Yan Academy. “The boys’ work ethic has allowed them to compete at a very high level and my coaching staff and myself are really looking forward to what they can accomplish this spring,” Hobart explained.

Both boys cited the atmosphere of Albany as being the deciding factor in choosing the school.

“The coaches were great,” explained Fingar. “It was the closest family concept I saw. It’s an all-around good program.

Peterson echoed his teammate’s sentiments. “It just felt right,” he said. “I looked at a couple other colleges like Duke, Loyola, and Cornell.” But even though Peterson said his parents “were kind of holding me back,” he had made his decision after visiting. “This is where I need to go,” he said.

Again, both young men were on the same page when it came to explaining how Penn Yan prepared them for this big decision. “Coach Hobart and coach (Harry) Queener, they really show us how it’s done,” said Fingar. “They treat you like young men,” added Peterson.  “They are always asking for more, which I love,” he said. “They teach us the right way to do it.”

For now, they have more to accomplish at the high school level. Fingar is a three-sport athlete, competing in football and basketball as well as lacrosse. He believes playing all three sports helps him. “I use lacrosse for basketball,” he said. “All three sports kind of correlate.” 

In football, Peterson was named Lineman of the Year in the Finger Lakes East All-Stars, and both were named to the Finger Lakes East All-Stars First Team for offense and defense. Peterson is using time off this winter to become a better player.  “I’m working out, conditioning and preparing for this season and beyond,” he said.

Fingar, a midfielder, said he is looking at majoring in Agricultural Sciences with the idea of possibly becoming a DEC officer. He also hopes to play lacrosse professionally. Peterson, a defenseman, will be exploring the possibility of going into the business side of medicine.

The future certainly looks bright for these two Mustangs.