Size and skills.
High school defensemen who have that combination often find themselves playing at the next level.
The latest example: Isaac Swartzman.
The 6-foot-2, 188-pound Class of 2015 standout from McQuaid Jesuit High School (N.Y.) has outstanding footwork and is a strong on-the-ball defender.
Couple those attributes with his ideal size, and you have a future Division I player.
For Schwartzman, that future will be at the Air Force Academy.
Schwartzman, who played on the Sweetlax travel team this past summer, was an all-star at the United Lacrosse Capital Challenge and also attended Top 205.
What were the main factors in your decision?
Air Force provides me a great education, an opportunity to play lacrosse at an extremely high level, and serve my country in the military. I also felt extremely at home when I visited Colorado Springs and knew it was the school for me.
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
I also considered Army, Navy, Loyola and Towson. I visited Air Force, and my high school visited U Tampa.
What area of your game do you need to work on?
I need to work on being more effective with the ball and pushing in transition.
How did you get introduced to lacrosse and what other sports have you played?
My brother started playing when we moved to Canandaigua. He showed me how fun lacrosse was and I started playing in third grade. I also play hockey.
Any final thoughts?
I want to thank my high school coach, Dan James, and my club coach, Kevin Martin, for pushing me to be the best lacrosse player I can be. I also want to thank my strength trainer Kwasi Boaitey.
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