January 15, 2019
By: Erica Rose
There are so many benefits of working in sports, besides the obvious fact that I get to cover games for a living. One of the things I love most about my job is watching high school players grow in their sport. I've had the opportunity to witness several athletes improve, graduate, and go on to leave their mark at the collegiate level as well. Some stay local, which is always nice, because then I really have the opportunity to see the adult they've grown into. And then there are the select few, the ones who exceed all expectations and go on to the NEXT level. Yes, we all know Saquon Barkley is busy making history as a New York Giant, and C.J McCollum has been having quite an NBA career in Portland; but one player you may not know much about whose doing big things his own way is Lehigh senior Mark Forrest. I feel like I blogged about him often during the soccer season, and now here I am talking about him again in January.
A native from Douglassville, Forrest made an impact on the team as a freshman, finishing the year with a Patriot League-leading 11 goals. As a junior and senior, he continued to lead Lehigh on the offensive side, setting all sorts of records both at the school and in the Patriot League. Those achievements awarded him Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year honors both seasons. His spectacular career came to an end this past Fall as he finished with 41 goals and 103 points, second-most in Patriot League and program history.
I know what you’re thinking - the season ended months ago, why are you blogging now? Well, yesterday Forrest was in the headlines once again when he was drafted in the 4th round (77th overall) to the Chicago Fire. The Fire are an MLS team (which is the league the Philadelphia Union play in – the highest level of soccer in the U.S.). Forrest is the fifth player to be drafted to the MLS under Lehigh head soccer coach Dean Koski. Forrest will finish school before embarking on his next journey and we wish him nothing but the best!