A biology major with a chemistry minor, DeLuca has maintained a GPA of 3.5 and is on track to graduate with honors in the Spring. He is one of just a handful of Williams Scholars at Jacksonville, one of the most prestigious scholarships the University gives out. After college, DeLuca plans on attending veterinary school at the University of Florida.
From Head Coach Guy Van Arsdale:
“In my opinion, not only is Peter one of the top goalies in the country but also one of the finest young men I have had the pleasure of coaching in the past 30 years. He is very smart and engaged and caring with his teammates and all those he comes in contact with. A true gentleman, he is wonderful in settings where he is spreading the game to kids who are just picking up stick or trying to improve their game. I am confident that he will be successful in any endeavor he chooses to pursue.”
DeLuca has volunteered a number of places during his time in college, spending time at a local elementary school as an after-school tutor and working on the St. John’s River to help with conservation efforts for the river and take dolphin surveys. He’s also spent time at the Greenbriar Animal Hospital, working with dogs and cleaning examination rooms. With lacrosse gaining in popularity in Florida, DeLuca has been active in promoting the sport by coaching local youth and high school teams.
DeLuca was named the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Defensive Player of the Year and a first-team All-MAAC selection last season as a junior after compiling an 8-4 record with 138 saves, a .552 save percentage and a 9.28 goals-against average. With him in net, Jacksonville set a program record for wins and split the regular season MAAC title. This season, JU goes into the first year of Atlantic Sun men’s lacrosse as the prohibitive favorite to win the league, and DeLuca was named the Preseason Defensive Player of the Year in a vote of the league’s head coaches.