The game of field lacrosse is still relatively new to TJ Sanders
But that hasn’t stopped the senior attackman at Millbrook School in New York’s Hudson Valley from being a recruit target of several of the nation’s top Division I programs.
The 6-foot, 170-pound lefty has decided which one he will be taking his exceptional stick skills and scoring ability to starting next fall.
Sanders developed his feeding and finishing skills while growing up in Canada.
His ascent to the highest level of collegiate lacrosse is an interesting one.
You can learn more about it in this Q&A with TJ on his commitment:
What were the main factors in your decision to attend Penn State?
I chose Penn State because I thought it was the right fit for me both academically and athletically. When on campus, it just felt like a place I wanted to spend my college years at.
Coaches (Jeff) Tambroni, (Assistant Coach Peter) Toner and (Assistant Coach Chris) Doctor were all very welcoming and immediately made me feel part of the Penn State family. Seeing the success these coaches have had in the past, being able to play for them is an opportunity I could not pass up.
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
Johns Hopkins, Virginia, Loyola, Notre Dame and Villanova.
What adjustments do you think you will need to make to play at the next level?
I will have to continue to be a student of the field lacrosse game. Growing up playing box lacrosse, my whole life, I have just begun to play field lacrosse in the last couple of years.
I will also have to adjust to the speed of the game and continue to work hard on the fundamentals of the game.
What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
Being a Canadian, I believe my strengths have always been finishing and feeding the ball. However, since coming to the states, I have worked a lot on my dodging and now see myself as a hybrid player of both styles of the game.
Millbrook School has four players bound for D-I schools. Is that a source of pride heading into next season?
It is a source of pride. Three of us came to Millbrook together as sophomores and all knew we wanted to play Division I lacrosse. The team has grown a little bit each year and we hope to really make an impact in New England this year.
When did you first realize you had the potential to play at the college level?
When I joined the Edge lacrosse program. They opened me up to the world of NCAA lacrosse and introduced me to Millbrook School. Without the Edge Lacrosse Program, I would not be where I am today.
* For more info on TJ, check out his player profile by clicking here.
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