Michael Sands’ game revolves around creating offensive opportunities.
It’s what every attackman should strive for, and the sophomore at Choate Rosemary Hall (Conn.) has already managed to master.
“I have good vision of the field, from both sides and I am able to get tough feeds to the crease, even when I draw the double,” he said. “My outside shot is strong, especially off the pick when I can create space.”
Sands’ knack for providing an offensive spark has already resulted in the sophomore being a Division I commit. He verbally committed to Lafayette College in Easton, Pa., becoming the Leopards’ first tristate Class of 2016 commit.
The 5-foot-11, 170-pound Sands is from a lacrosse family. His brothers, Adam and Jason, and sister, Jenna, all currently play or played in college. Sands’ cousin, William Sands, is a senior at defending Nassau County Class C champion Friends Academy, who is bound for Bucknell.
Sands plays travel lacrosse for the Connecticut Charger’ Bolts 2016. team. This past summer, he was invited to play at the Nike Jake Reed Blue Chip, Maverik Showtime National Recruiting Spotlight and the National Invitational 175.
What were the main factors in your decision?
The main factor that influenced me to commit to Lafayette, is most importantly, (Lafayette Head) Coach (Jim) Rogalski and his coaching staff. Coach Rogalski, along with (Assistant) Coach (Ed) Williams and (Assistant) Coach (Matt) Musci all are fantastic coaches, and genuinely great role models. Coach Rogalski really cares about every player’s future, not just on the field, but off the field, as well.
The academics at Lafayette are top-notch, especially the Biomedical Engineering and Economics program. The campus is outstanding, and I am truly excited to attend Lafayette in 2016.
What other schools were you considering?
I seriously considered Bucknell, Princeton, Tufts and Union. I simply knew that Lafayette College is the right place for me after visiting.
What area of your game do you need to work on?
The area of my game that I need to work on most is my weakside shot. I also need to work on my strength, so I’ll be hitting the gym now during this offseason.
How did you get introduced to lacrosse and what other sports have you played?
I was introduced to lacrosse by my father (Marty Sands), and uncles who all played, and then my sister and both of my brothers, who are currently playing in college.
I also run cross country, ski, wakeboard and play basketball.
Any final thoughts?
I would like to thank my mom and dad. They have spent so much time with, and for, me and continue to do so and I really appreciate that. I would like to also thank my older brothers, Adam and Jason, who have taught me so much, and my sister, Jenna, who is really great.
I would like to thank Coach Rogalski, Coach Musci, and Coach Williams for giving me this great opportunity, Coach (Ted) Garber for teaching me so much when I was at Loomis Chaffee last year, Coach (Jeff) Brameier for working with me for so many years, and Coach (Mike) Velez, who has been such a great coach and a fantastic role model.
Lastly, I would like to give a shoutout to the Connecticut Charger Bolts. This is a stud team that keeps getting better and every single player is great and we intend to make our mark on the top tournaments this summer.
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