He started his varsity career as one of many.
Forrest Walter was among 13 sophomores on John Jay’s roster in 2009.
But it hasn’t taken him long to stand out.
Walter quickly emerged as one of the Hudson Valley’s top players, earning all-section honorable-mention in ’09 and all-section honors this past season.
The 6-foot, 185-pound midfielder scored four goals as John Jay handled Somers 9-6 on June 2 to reclaim the Class B sectional title after falling to the Tuskers in the championship game the year before.
After one more varsity season at John Jay, Walter will be heading off to college. This past week, as we told you here on Monday, Walter decided where that will be. He has given a verbal commitment to attend Colgate.
Here’s a Q&A with Forrest on his commitment:
What were the main factors in your decision to attend Colgate?
The primary reason is because it is an excellent academic school. The lacrosse program is competitive and the coaches are great. The combination of those two factors was the most important thing to me.
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
I did consider several other schools before deciding on Colgate. Among them were Syracuse, Franklin & Marshall and Binghamton.
What adjustments do you think you will need to make to play at the next level?
I will need to hit the weight room and pitch back hard to train myself for the next level.
What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
Calm and steady. I’m a team player, but don’t lose control when the pressure is on.
What players have you looked up to as you have moved up through the varsity ranks?
I have been lucky grow up playing lacrosse at John Jay. My coaches — the Savs and Coach Schurr — have taught me a great deal. There have been a lot of outstanding players in the program that also have been willing to share their knowledge and experience of the game. The Bocklets and the Daniellos have been really great. I also have a lot of respect for the guys I’ve been playing with over the years.
When did you first realize you had the potential to play at the college level?
I love playing lacrosse and have always wanted to play in college since I first started.
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