Ciambro is one of the most highly-touted midfielders in the state of Ohio, being named the 2011 Ohio Club Division Midfielder of the Year as well as being named to First Team All-Region and First-Team All-State this past spring.
J.B. Clarke, the head coach at Limestone, said that Ciambro’s versatility as well as his personality were key to what drew the Division II powerhouse to enlist Cole’s services.
“We feel Cole is a terrific athlete and that is what we noticed immediately,” Clarke said in an e-mail. “Soon we found out that he is a person of high character. Cole can also play two positions – attack and midfield.”
Limestone is a top school in lacrosse. The Saints were ranked No. 2 at the end of last season that saw the team go 15-2. Limestone won the Conference Carolinas championship as well as making an appearance in the semifinals of the NCAA Tournament.
Before moving to the Conference Carolinas, Limestone played in the Deep South Conference where they won the tournament title every year from 1999-2006.
The Saints have made it to the Division II NCAA Tournament semifinals every year this millennium, including six finals appearances.
With that kind of pedigree, there will be an obvious adjustment that Ciambro will need to make, but it’s not one Clarke feels will take too long.
“As with any young man entering the program, Cole will be challenged by the adjustment to level of play,” Clarke said. “Our hopes are that Cole competes right away for playing time.”
Ciambro has been playing lacrosse since he was in the fifth grade when the Milford Lacrosse Club began seven years ago. Cole has received national attention on ESPN.com as well other high-profile sites.
In recent years, Ciambro has played for Velocity and the Cincinnati Royals.
“I have worked very hard the past two years and I’m very excited for my future at Limestone College,” Ciambro said in a statement.
Ciambro will study Sports Management at Limestone where Clarke feels if he makes a commitment to the team, he will have a solid career.
“With a commitment to the strength and conditioning program here at Limestone College, we feel Cole’s future is very bright,” Clarke said.
Cole’s parents are Robyn Sullivan and Richard Ciambro of Milford Center.