Litchfield soccer All-American Tim Donovan says Colgate is the place to be
LITCHFIELD – Colgate University got its man and Litchfield High got to keep its man for one more year. Sounds like a win-win result all the way around.
Litchfield High’s junior soccer All-American Tim Donovan announced recently that he has verbally committed to Colgate University beginning with the 2021-22 academic school year. Donovan had been deliberating over finishing his career at Litchfield, attending prep school or signing early to a major university.
“The main attraction about prep schools was to get looks and then I found Colgate and they gave me a fantastic offer,” said Donovan. “I get to finish my four years at Litchfield and go for a state title.”
Among the colleges that had Donovan on their radar were Cornell and UMass-Boston with Boston College planning on scouting him this summer while playing Premier Soccer in Farmington.
But Donovan, who is also a National Honor Society student off the field, did a college visitation to Colgate Feb. 20 where he stayed overnight saw a practice and met the team. He came away convinced it was the best place for him to further his studies and soccer career.
“It has everything I need, it’s a liberal arts school with a great academic reputation and I was blown away by the campus,” he said. “The coach (Erik Ronning) and I have a great relationship and it is close-knit team. You know when you get that feeling about a place. I was nervous committing early but three weeks later I couldn’t be happier. I don’t think I can find a better school. If I could go tomorrow I would.”
Donovan also sees another benefit in staying with the Cowboys.
“It would be incredibly hard for me to leave Litchfield and it is important for me to stay,” added Donovan. “It’s important for me to show the younger kids that you can play college without going to prep school. You don’t need prep school to do this.”
Donovan, whose resume also includes All-State and All-Berkshire League honors with his All-American selection, will return to the Cowboys with the chance to reach 100 goals. He is already Litchfield’s all-time leading scorer with 78 goals and coming off a 36-goal season.
Probably equally as happy with Donovan’s decision is Litchfield coach Rob Andrulis. Happy about where Donovan is going and happy about where he is staying. He also appreciates the unique journey Donovan has taken to this point.
“Timmy has done this the unconventional way which is rare,” said Andrulis. “He has played three outstanding years at Litchfield and he has played at a high at high level club in FSA ECNL. Typically this happens to players who either attend Academy and skip high school soccer or they transfer to one of the top prep schools.
Such is not the case with Timmy. His hard work during our fall seasons and his continued hard work and determination with his club has put him on the national map as a top Division I collegiate prospect. I am extremely proud of how he has done this and can’t wait until next August when he once again shows us what a special player he is and how important his is to our program. He’s the best I’ve ever coached and I am looking forward to one more season with him.”