Father Judge senior Wayne Maminski gave an oral commitment Monday to play soccer at Lafayette College.

Maminski chose the Leopards over New Hampshire.

"I just wanted to get into the best academic school that I could get into," Maminski said of accepting the partial scholarship. "It came down to academics and location. So Lafayette was the best fit for me."

In Maminski, Lafayette will get one of the area's top student-athletes. The Inquirer's Southeastern Pennsylvania player-of-the-year candidate has a 4.0 grade-point average and is ranked eighth of 280 students in his senior class.

He scored 29 goals this season to lead the Crusaders to the Catholic League title.

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