Amanda Flayhan’s introduction to lacrosse came at sleepovers while in the fifth grade.
Now, just five years later, she is looking forward to the start of the New York State Tournament this week, and a future at the major Division I collegiate level.
Flayhan is a sophomore standout at John Jay, which beat Yorktown 12-10 in the Section 1 Class B championship game on May 24.
The Indians will play Section 2’s Burnt Hills in the first round of states this week.
Prior to the start of John Jay’s postseason run, the right-handed midfielder made her college selection, giving a verbal commitment to the University of Michigan, a decision first reported at Twitter.com/joe_lombardi.
An athletic player, Flayhan is known for her speed and ability on draw controls.
What were the main factors in your decision?
The atmosphere and instant love I had when I stepped foot on the campus. The energy provided by the students before a big sports game was a vibe that I have always wanted.
The athletic facilities at Michigan are jaw dropping. When I was on my unofficial visit, I was constantly impressed.
In addition, (Michigan Head) Coach (Jennifer) Ulehla, from the beginning was always honest, and had the mentality that one day, Michigan will win the NCAA championships. This was exactly the kind of coach I dreamed of. Most importantly, the academics and the Ross Academic Center at Michigan are incredible.
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
USC, UVa, UNC and BC. I visited all those schools in addition to Villanova and Penn State. I also considered Brown and Dartmouth before I came to the realization that I wanted the big school atmosphere.
What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
My athleticism, speed and draw controls. When I am playing midfield and step on the circle, the girl does not expect me to beat her in the draw because I am so little.
I also have an advantage with my lacrosse IQ. Whenever a college level game is on TV, I’m always watching and picking up different dodges and defensive skills.
What area of your game do you need to work on?
My endurance so I can be at my full speed the entire game time. I plan to work on this throughout the rest of my high school career and prior to when I arrive at Michigan.
How did you get introduced to lacrosse and what other sports have you played?
It’s very funny how lacrosse came into my life. When I had my friends sleep over in fifth grade, they would always have to leave Saturday morning to play lacrosse. I used to get so frustrated and ask “Why do you play lacrosse?”
One year they told me to just try out, and I made the team in seventh grade. Ever since I have such a passion for the game.
I also play volleyball and played on a national club team through ninth grade. I used to want to go to college and play volleyball, however, when I stopped growing at 5-foot-3, I realized it was unrealistic and worked extremely hard to become a collegiate-level lacrosse player.
What travel team did you play on last summer and what showcase events did you participate in?
I played on the Metro Blue 2015 travel team this past summer and fall. I started playing Metro when I was in ninth grade and it is amazing. The highly experienced coaching staff works us hard and produces winning teams.
I participated in the Moonlight Lacrosse Showcase, Elite 120, and the tournament showcases Metro takes part in.
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