Zionsville — Luke Paul has been a fixture in goal for the Zionsville boys lacrosse team for the past two seasons.
Now, he is going to have the opportunity to play in college, and close to home as well. Paul signed Thursday with Wabash College to continue his academic and lacrosse careers.
He had a signing ceremony at the school.
"I am really excited," Paul said. "This is a great opportunity for me to go on and play college lacrosse."
Paul said that when looking at schools, it was the people at Wabash that made a big difference for him.
"When I visited, the first thing that stood out was that it was a small school and everyone was really friendly," Paul said. "The people there were really welcoming, and everybody just wants to know you as a person and not just a number."
Wabash plays in the NCAA Division III North Coast Athletic Conference.
They finished this year 5-12 under head coach Tim O'Shea.
Paul said that O'Shea liked his playing style and how he fits in with the team.
"I think that he likes that I'm a positive person and what I can bring to the team," Paul said. "I think I save the ball pretty well and clear the ball pretty well, so that was something that stood out to him."
Paul has made 133 saves so far this year, which is the third most in the state.
He has saving nearly 60 percent of the shots he faces.
He said there are some things that he is focused on within his personal play to help him at the next level.
"I think shots within 10 yards, I definitely want to start stealing more of those," Paul said. "Hand speed is something else I have been working on, and being more consistent with my clears — I need to make sure I have clean outlets."
The Eagles are 7-5 on the season so far this year, but have lost only to highly ranked teams.
Paul said as the season winds down, the Eagles want to make sure they win there final three home games of the regular season, and gain some momentum into the playoffs, where they hope to get back to the Final Four.
When looking back at his career at Zionsville, Paul didn't hesitate about what he will remember the most.
"I will remember my teammates," Paul said. "They have been awesome and supportive these last four years."
Paul plans on studying English at Wabash.