Pelican Athletes Leave the Nest:

Ben Morfit Commits to Air Force Academy for Lacrosse


Courtesy of the Morfit family

Senior Ben Morfit prepares to attack down field.

Maria Comerford, News Editor, Senior

Serving one’s country is an act of selflessness that only a select number of Pelham students elect to pursue. This past September, senior Benjamin Morfit became one of those students when he decided to continue his lacrosse and academic career at the United States Air Force Academy. Due to the fact that Morfit is young relative to the class of 2020, he will be taking a post-graduate year at IMG Academy and will subsequently graduate with the class of 2021.

Morfit committed to play as a midfielder for the Air Force Academy and he currently plays for the Igloo Black Ice 2021 out of Long Island, NY. His love for the sport began at an early age, as did his desire to play for the Air Force Academy.

“I wanted to play lacrosse in college because I have played since I can remember, I love this sport with everything I have and want to compete at the highest possible level,” Morfit said.

When asked about who helped him with this process the most, Morfit credited his father, who has spent countless hours driving him all over the country to play in tournaments.

“He always pushed me to be the best player I can be…” Morfit said.

Besides being one of the US’ five service schools, the Air Force Academy is also a division I lacrosse school located in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Not only are the athletics top-notch, but the academics are equally noteworthy, which was something Morfit aimed for in his college search.

“As for playing at the Air Force Academy, it has always been a dream of mine. I have always aspired to go to one of the service academies and Air Force is at the top of that list because of its location, along with the career field I am interested in. I know it will be hard work, but I am excited for what the future holds.” Morfit said.

Morfit hopes to one day become a pilot and chose the Air Force Academy so he could dedicate his life to protecting the citizens of the United States.