EASTON — His mother Kim Eglseder and sister Kristin Morgan set the hook early.
“My sister and my mom, they gave me a lacrosse stick when I was like two,” Saints Peter and Paul High senior Cory Morgan said smiling. “I’ve never really put one down.”
The Sabres star midfielder made it clear he doesn’t plan on putting his stick away in storage after high school, when he signed a national letter of intent last week to play lacrosse at High Point (N.C.) University.
“My sister played there when she played (lacrosse) at George Mason University,” Morgan said of High Point, a Division I program that plays in the Southern Conference. “And then I went (there) to a prospect camp. The way that they play and the way that they do everything there is how I like to play. I just fell in love with everything there.”
Morgan has been a three-year starter at goalie for the Sabres’ boys’ soccer team. But lacrosse is his preferred sport, where Kristin, a 2014 graduate who played at Sts. Peter and Paul, has been a great influence.
“She’s had a big impact,” Cory said of his older sister. “We’re really close to each other. She said that lacrosse made her a better person from how hard you have to work to start something and finish it.”
Morgan also said his sister told him the transition to the college ranks was difficult “because she hadn’t played at the high level with everyone else.”
An all-Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference and All-Mid-Shore pick his sophomore year when he netted a team-high 44 goals to go with 27 assists, Morgan lost his junior season last spring to the COVID-19 pandemic, but did play in three summer tournaments with Team 300, his club team based out of Kent Island.
And while Morgan said he was nervous at his first prospect camp, he made a strong enough impression to be invited back for a second camp.
“I was pretty nervous because you have to play pretty much your best to get noticed,” Morgan recalled of the first camp. “But they liked what they saw and asked me to come back to another one (in February of this year).”
Saints Peter and Paul head coach Pat Tracy, who helped start the men’s lacrosse program at High Point and was an associate head coach there for eight years, thinks the Panthers are getting an outstanding player.
“He kind of epitomizes what you’re looking for in a Division I prep midfielder,” Tracy said of his 6-foot, 190-pound senior middie. “The thing about Cory is over the past three years I’ve seen him develop a lot physically. Mentally’s he developed a lot. He’s gotten a lot more mature and he’s kind of bought into a leadership role within the program.
“He’s got the opportunity I think to play at the next level as a guy that can play in between the lines, that can create from one end to the other,” Tracy continued. “I think that’s what High Point sees in him; sees his ability to kind of help their program as being a two-way type of midfielder. He kind of fits into that college game really well. With the shot clock that you have now he’s got the ability to stay on the field, play that up-tempo type of game for them. I think Cory’s got a bright future. He’s put a lot of time and effort into his game and physically become more mature and I think that’s really going to pay off for him at the next level.”