October 17, 2012

U.S. U19er D'Agostino Transferring from Syracuse

by Corey McLaughlin | LaxMagazine.com | Twitter

Former U.S. under-19 men's national team member Ralph D'Agostino said he is transferring from Syracuse and plans to join another Division I program either this spring or next fall after running into an unfortunate set of circumstances regarding his financial aid package.

The long-stick midfielder and the Star Ledger's 2011 New Jersey Player of the Year played in 13 games for Syracuse as a freshman in a reserve role, scooping 17 ground balls.

"I loved every minute of Syracuse and in a perfect world I would still be there," D'Agostino said, "but, yes, I'm transferring due to some financial issues."

D'Agostino's aid dropped unexpectedly prior to this fall. The decision was made to transfer from Syracuse late this summer, leaving D'Agostino with limited options.

He's currently enrolled part-time at Raritan Valley Community College near his hometown of Tewksbury, N.J. Because he's a part-time student, D'Agostino is eligible to play at another school this spring, but he hasn't decided if he will enroll at a school in the spring or redshirt and enroll at a new school in the fall of 2013.

D'Agostino, who hasn't played with the Orange this fall, said several other programs have contacted him as they've learned of his situation and he seems confident about his playing future.

"I've been very fortunate. New schools are still continuing to contact me," he said Wednesday. "Most of them have been saying the same kind of thing, that they're just getting wind of the situation and want to talk about possibilities. I have a good idea what I want to do but it's going to depend a lot upon how well I do this semester in school."

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