Froehle fulfills D1 dream, headed to D1 Manhattan College

June 26, 2016

Lorenzo FroehleIt might sound like a cliché, but Lorenzo Froehle of Anchorage takes it to heart when he said he plays every soccer game like it’s his last.

“You have to go out there every game and put it on the line. You can’t hold anything back,” he told me. “You never know who is watching.”

Like maybe college coaches.

The 18-year-old all-conference midfielder at Bartlett High is one of the top playmakers in the state and an integral part of the recent resurgence of the Golden Bears, who become state contenders for the first time in 15 years.

His skills didn’t go unnoticed.

The dynamic playmaker with strong passing and dribbling skills signed his letter of intent with Manhattan College of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.

“It’s such a unique opportunity to go to school in New York City and play Division 1 soccer, which has always been a longtime dream of mine,” he said. “I couldn’t pass it up. The coach down there is great and I feel he can get the best out of me and help me grow as a student and an athlete. It was such a great mix of everything.”

Froehle picked Manhattan over his second choice, Marist College, another D1 in New York.

“New York City is something that’s always been on my mind when thinking about college, seeing new things and meeting as many people as I can to experience different cultures,” he said. “New York seems like one of the best places to do that.”

He is the son of Matt Froehle, a former Bartlett star who went on to play at Saint John’s University, a D3 school in Minnesota, and then professionally in the minor leagues.

Matt coaches his son, but never pushed the idea of him following in his footsteps.

“Big scholarships were something that seemed so far away in the early days, something I didn’t let myself think about too much,” his dad told me. “My wife, Lida, and I just tried to help Lorenzo enjoy the process of growing up, learning the game and becoming a good person.

“It’s been a priority of ours to help our children make the most of their gifts, whatever they may be, and share them as broadly as possible. That process has been a reward in itself. Him earning the opportunity to play at the top level in college is a real bonus.”