Categories: clam_chatter
      Date: Apr 16, 2013
     Title: COLLEGE CLAM CHECK-IN: JACK RAUTIOLA
A freshman reports in from Middlebury

Schools in the Ivy League and the NESCAC are historically the most sought after programs for players in the Clams organization.  But what the life of a student/athlete at these schools is like should be taken into account, as well as what it took to get there.  We've reached out to Clam Alumni currently playing at NESCAC schools to get their stories. Below is yet another very helpful check-in.

JACK RAUTIOLA
FRESHMAN (MIDDLEBURY)
THE RIVERS SCHOOL
2012 CLAM ALUMNUS


What were you're top choices for colleges when you started thinking about playing lacrosse in college
and why?

My top choices were definitely Ivy league schools. Playing lacrosse in college was certainly important to
me, but I knew education came first, so where better to go than an Ivy league school. Although some
of the top NESCAC schools are considered Ivy league caliber schools, I never really gave them much
thought at the beginning of my process mostly because they did not reach out to me like the Ivy's did
(because of D3's restrictions on recruiting early on in the process). There was a lot that I was unsure
about when I went into the recruiting process, but the one thing I was sure about was that if it was not
an Ivy league school I did not want to play D1. Looking back on it now I'm extremely thankful that I
did not end up at any ivy school because I know D1 would not have been a good fit for me. - - - What surprised you most about the recruiting process?
The biggest surprise for me was how surprising the whole process was. Whatever I expected to
happen would not happen and vice-versa. There were multiple times that I thought I would commit
to a school, and they would end up losing interest in me. And when it came down to finally committing,
it happened extremely fast, and like that, the process was over. - - -
If there was one thing you'd do differently in your recruiting process, what would it be and why?
I'm not sure I would change anything, but only because I ended up where I really wanted to be. - - - What would you say was the most important part of your recruiting process and why?
I'd say the most important part of my process was when I really thought about it and talked with my
parents about playing D1 Ivy or D3 NESCAC. I knew for sure that the NESCAC was where I wanted to
be, but something about the D1 Ivy glory held me back. It was no longer a question of education, but
rather of what kind of college experience I wanted. - - -
What advise would you give a Clam who is about to meet a college coach on a recruiting visit for the
first time?
Dress formally, firm hand shake, look him in the eye, and always say you're interested because you
never know what will happen in this process. - - -
What was the most surprising part of NESCAC lacrosse when you experienced your first week?
I'd say the most surprising part for me was the intensity right from the start. Middlebury had an
extremely rough season last year so the captains and the rest of the team came out to captain's
practice with a chip on their shoulders. We had captain's practice three nights a week in the fall, and
we always got after it either scrimmaging or full field keep away. - - -
What is your daily schedule (i.e.- practice, weight room, classes, film, study halls, etc.)?
I have three classes on Tuesdays and on Thursdays. Usually a student has to take four classes in a
semester, but I have four AP credits transferred over from high school, so I could potentially have four
semesters of taking three classes during each. So I suggest doing well in your AP classes because
they go far in college. Film is usually from around 4:15 to 5:00 depending on the day, and practice is
usually an hour and a half long starting anywhere between 4 and 5 every day. - - -
What do you like MOST about playing NESCAC college lacrosse? Why?
Definitely what I like most about playing NESCAC lacrosse is how every game in league is competitive.
There really are no layups in our league, which means every game is a battle making the wins all
the better.
- - -
What do you like LEAST about playing NESCAC college lacrosse? Why?
The weather. But the upside is when it finally is nice out, we have an exponentially larger appreciation
for it. - - -
What is the number one thing you want a NESCAC Clam prospect to know about playing D3 lacrosse?
Just because it is not D1 does not mean that you will come in as a freshman and tear it up. To be
good at the next level, it really is all about the little things. The difference between playing and being
on the sideline is only a step of quickness or the ability to catch, increase your angle, and stick the
shot. Every day is a battle to get on the field, and you have to come ready for it.