Kamholtz and Linnan sign with Jacksonville lacrosse

Gary Pinneo
Cindy and Ken Kamholtz, behind Ethan Kamholtz at left and Kathy and Tom Linnan, behind John Linnan at right, stand behind their sons’ decision to sign with Jacksonville.

The Penn Yan Mustang Lacrosse program continues to be a major supplier of players to the nation's college lacrosse program.  The latest additions to this ever growing list will be Mustang midfielder John Linnan and goaltender Ethan Kalmholtz. 

The Mustang Laxer duo will be attending Jacksonville University in Florida next fall.  They will be part of the 2010 Jacksonville University D-I Lacrosse team, the first Florida school to field a Division I lacrosse team.  Jacksonville is coached by former Hobart College Head Coach Matt Kerwick.

He actively recruited the Penn Yan laxers to help build his new program. Linnan and Kamholtz signed National Letters of Intent last week in Penn Yan.

Arriving on the scene for the start of a new program appealed to both Penn Yan Academy seniors, and the location helped too, noted Kamholtz, son of Ken and Cindy Kamholtz, when asked why he chose Jacksonville.

“It’s south. It’s warm,” he said.

Jacksonville officials are still working on the schedule, but it doesn’t look like the Dolphins will play any closer to Penn Yan than a game in Pittsburgh.

Linnan, son of Tom and Kathy Linnan, sees this as another great opportunity that he’s gotten through playing the sport of lacrosse. He’s planning to study sociology and criminal justice with an eye on a career in environmental conservation.

Linnan, a midfielder, will be getting a jump on lacrosse in sunny Florida when he plays in the Brogden Cup International High School Competition in Orlando, Fla. this weekend. Linnan plays on the Rochester team which won the national championship in the Adidas National Lacrosse Classic this summer.

Linnan registered 36 goals and assisted on 33 more last season for Penn Yan.  He will be one of the Mustang's top snipers this coming spring.

Kamholtz posted a .650 save percentage for the Mustangs last spring and will be guarding the nets for Penn Yan this coming season.

 Both Mustang laxers are looking forward to the challenge of playing Division I lacrosse in 2010 for the new Jacksonville lacrosse program. Both players have been scouted by other Division I schools.   They made the decision to head off to Florida .   They like the challenge.  "Both players have worked very hard to earn this opportunity," stated Penn Yan Lacrosse Coach Brian Hobart.  “Our program is excited to see two more players advancing to the NCAA Big Time."

While Kamholtz and Linnan are looking forward to building the first men’s lacrosse team at Jacksonville, they are also both looking for a 12th consecutive Section V crown and are focused on working toward a New York State Championship as seniors at Penn Yan Academy next spring.