Tota-Madden Accepts Canadian Offer at Queen’s U

by Jim Stewart

The Titans Baseball Club is proud to announce another Canadian signing.  Lucas Tota-Madden has accepted his offer to attend Queen’s University and play baseball for the Gaels of the Ontario University Athletics Association.  The 5’10” second baseman from Lawrence Park Collegiate Institute in Toronto is “excited about going into my first year at Queen’s.”  He is also looking forward to “the all-around atmosphere within the school and city of Kingston. The city shows lots of love towards their Gael sport teams and I am excited to experience that first hand.”

Titans Director of Player Development and Baseball Operations Lawrence Vera was similarly pleased to see his 18U middle infielder accept his admission to Queen’s:  “I’m extremely excited for Lucas to be able to get into the school that he wanted. While playing baseball at the OUA level will be a great accomplishment, I’m excited to watch him start his post-secondary education at an amazing school.”

Tota-Madden shared his Head Coach’s excitement about playing for the Gaels:  “It is extremely exciting. I am looking forward to showcasing my talents to the Coaches and players of the Queen’s baseball team and hope to make an impact on bringing an OUA championship back to Queen’s.”  Lucas will pursue a Health Studies degree at Queen’s and mentioned that he would continue his studies “to become a physical therapist.”  While looking forward to academic and athletic life in Kingston, Lucas reflected on his time with the Titans:  “My best memory from the Fall would be our first practice as a Titans team. Seeing all of the new faces eager to make an impact and contribute to the team was very motivating to me.” 

Lucas also expressed his gratitude towards the Titans organization and particularly Coach Vera: 

“The Titans have prepared me well for post-secondary school by always pushing me and never letting me settle for anything less than I was capable of. Even in times of bad hitting slumps, they encouraged me to keep my head up and coached me into more hot streaks. I would like to give a huge thanks to Coach Lawrence Vera who has impacted me more than anyone in the sport of baseball. He always pushed me to the best of my abilities and supported me 100% through my path to post-secondary school.”  He also took the time to offer this advice to our younger Titans players about securing acceptance to a top-ranked Canadian university like Queen’s:  “The best advice I could give to a young Titans player is to put your academics in front of everything and don’t let yourself get distracted. I have had my personal struggles academically in the past, but overcame it and am now looking forward to my first year at Queens University.”

The Titans Baseball Club heartily congratulates Lucas Tota-Madden on his successful post-secondary admission to one of the most prestigious universities in Canada.