Michael Gianforcaro enjoyed three years on the Tower Hill lacrosse team under Coach Brad DuPont from eighth grade through his sophomore season. “It was one of the best experiences of my life, the upperclassmen looked out for me and were great role models. I loved my time there under Coach Brad.” However, Gianforcaro wasn’t as highly recruited as hoped after that sophomore season, and when Culver Military Academy extended an offer to play, he gladly accepted.
Culver, a boarding school in Indiana, is a perennial lacrosse power and sends many graduates on to Division I programs. As a senior, Gianforcaro was ranked the No. 1 goalie in the nation. Then the young season was cut short due to the pandemic. He spent the summer helping his father (George Gianforcaro – president of Indutex USA) receive and distribute COVID masks and other protective equipment to front-line healthcare workers in Delaware and across the nation.
Michael’s mother happens to be a nurse at A.I. duPont Hospital for Children, and he told me it was kind of scary at the beginning of the outbreak, and today he is still concerned for his mom (understandably). But as time went on his family developed more of a “comfort” level as more and more information became available regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.
Michael has spent the last four months with other freshman and sophomore Princeton lacrosse players in Charleston, S.C., working out and handling “remote-learning” online classwork. He is featured in the December 2020 edition of Inside Lacrosse as the No. 1 goalie and a top-5 recruit coming into his freshman season. Princeton coach Matt Madalon describes Michael as “a big, strong kid with great footwork, and an outstanding competitor. These are attributes he developed while at Tower Hill and Culver Military. Skills he brings to the Princeton Tigers … wearing the black and orange and hoping to have a chance to be out on the field – minding the net and competing this spring.
Glenn Frazer, Delaware Live Sports