Ryan Madigan has been a part of two state championship football teams at Broad Run High School. He is currently a senior defensive back/punt returner for a Spartans team that is off to a 4-0 start, extending their winning streak to 32 games.
Despite the tremendous team success in football, lacrosse remains the sport Madigan is most passionate about.
A 5-foot-7, 145-pound attacker who led the Dulles District with 65 goals and 39 assists and scooped a team-leading 71 ground balls as a junior, Madigan capped a busy summer of lacrosse by accepting a scholarship offer in August to play at Robert Morris University.
Robert Morris is a Division I program located near Pittsburgh. The Colonials averaged nearly 16 goals a game and produced a 10-5 record last season, including victories over Penn State, Ohio State and Air Force.
Coach Kenneth “Bear” Davis has grown Robert Morris into a contender after starting the program six years ago.
Madigan spent most of his time with Davis during his visit to Robert Morris and came away very impressed. He also received interest from Villanova, Air Force, Delaware, Albany, Marist, Roanoke, Denison and Lynchburg.
“It is a really good school and lacrosse program. I also really liked all the people we met at Robert Morris,” said Madigan, adding that playing on an explosive offense is a nice bonus.
Madigan, who is happy to have finalized his college plans before his senior lacrosse season, credited Broad Run coaches Ryan Richardson (head) and Gary Malm (assistant), along with Justin Fitzgerald and Rob Buller from the Virginia Lacrosse Club with helping him during the recruiting process.
He will join his older brother Eric Madigan in playing college lacrosse. Eric is a sophomore attacker at Sacred Heart University in Connecticut.
“Me and my brother really push each other,” Ryan Madigan said. “So when he started getting recruited by Division I schools, I knew if I worked as hard as he did I could play at that level too.”
The siblings could face off against each other starting in the spring of 2012 when Eric will be a junior and Ryan a freshman. Robert Morris and Sacred Heart help make up the six-team Northeast Conference, along with Mount St. Mary’s, Bryant, Wagner and Quinnipiac.
“Eric and I are competitive with each other in everything,” Ryan said. “It is going to be a lot of fun to play against him in college.”