Categories: clam_chatter Date: Mar 13, 2013 Title: College Clam Check-In: Matt MezerThe D1 Army experience.
With more and more Clams considering Division 1 offers, the questions about what the recruiting process and the college experience are like keep coming it. To give you some insight we reached out to our current Division 1 Clam Alumni to tell their stories.
SENIOR, ARLINGTON HS/PREP YEAR AT WEST POINT
2009 CLAM ALUMNUS
Top choices when I started thinking about playing lacrosse in college would have been Ivy League schools like Brown and Yale. I had also thought about several NESCAC schools because my older brother played at Colby. West Point entered the picture in the summer going into my senior year.
What were your top choices for colleges when you started thinking about playing lacrosse in college and why?
What surprised you most about the recruiting process?
Start talking to coaches earlier just to get yourself on the radar. Coaches will give you honest feedback on where they think you stand and what you need to do to make yourself better. In terms of my recruiting process I would have studied harder and got better grades in high school because it closed several doors initially having too low of a GPA.If there was one thing you'd do differently in your recruiting process, what would it be and why?
What would you say was the most important part of your recruiting process and why?
What advise would you give a Clam who is about to meet a college coach on a recruiting visit for the first time?
My experience was completely unlike any other D1 program. However, the most surprising part was just getting to know the guys and earning some respect by going as hard as you possibly can in every drill and weight room session.What was the most surprising part of D1 lacrosse when you experienced your first week?
What is your daily schedule (i.e.- practice, weight room, classes, film, study halls, etc.)?
There is so much to take away from playing division one lacrosse. Not many can actually say they've competed at the highest level their sport has to offer. No knocks to the Army football team but they aren't lining up against Alabama or LSU. It's pretty exciting to play with and against the sport's best, consistently. On top of that come the intrinsic and extrinsic rewards from the sacrifices made during the year knowing how hard you work day in and day. the daily grind will get to you, but taking a step back and reflecting on what you're doing and what you could be doing doesn't make it all that bad. I know at West Point my teammates will be my brothers for the rest of my life, it really is a unique bond having spent so much time together over the last 4-5 years you become a family.What do you like MOST about playing D1 college lacrosse? Why?
There is no way around the fact that when you commit to playing D1 you sacrifice a lot of what "college" has to offer. It was like a double or triple sacrifice going to West Point because it already eliminates the party atmosphere. The one thing which was not a deal breaker but I would have jumped at the opportunity to study abroad. With D1 lacrosse having fall and spring seasons it's impossible.
What do you like LEAST about playing D1 college lacrosse? Why?
What is the number one thing you want a D1 Clam prospect to know about playing D1 lacrosse?