The tradition Chaminade High School has established with Duke University’s men’s lacrosse program keeps getting stronger.
Three members of Chaminade’s Class of 2013 have already committed to the Blue Devils.
For one of them, goaltender Danny Fowler, the ties to the Blue Devils go even beyond the Chaminade program.
Fowler’s brother, Brendan, is a sophomore midfielder for Duke.
That’s among the topics discussed in this Q&A on Danny’s commitment:
What were the main factors in your decision to attend Duke?
There were a few major factors. One of them was how great of a school Duke is academically. Another was how Duke is always a competitor for a national championship and they play the top teams every year. Another big factor for me was the coaching staff. Coach (John) Danowski has done a great job in his short time at Duke, and I’m very excited to be a part of that in the future.
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
I was also considering UPenn, Harvard, UVa, Notre Dame and Villanova. UPenn, Harvard and Duke were the only schools I visited.
What adjustments do you think you will need to make to play at the next level?
I think goalie is the position that needs to make the most adjustment of all at the next level, so I’m going to have to have to keep improving in all areas to be competitive in college.
Did the tradition that Chaminade has in sending players to Duke influence your decision?
Having a player like Jimmy Regan go from Chaminade to Duke makes it an honor to be doing the same thing, but the reason I made my decision had a lot more to do with my older brother Brendan playing there now.
What players have you looked up to as you have moved up through the varsity ranks?
I’ve always looked up to athletic goalies who can do more than just stop the ball. Adam Ghitelman is one player who I remember watching while I was growing up. He was fun to watch and the way he played inspired me to be more athletic and get out of the net.
When did you first realize you had the potential to play at the college level?
Playing at the college level was always a dream I had. I started to realize my potential to once I got in contact with schools and they were interested in me.
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