To say Travis Ford made his mark at the Maverik Showtime National Lacrosse Recruiting Spotlight in July would be an understatement.
The sophomore midfielder at Webster Thomas High School (N.Y.) showed he has one of the best shots in the nation by winning the Class of 2016 all-star game halftime shooting contest, hitting the 96 mile-per-hour mark.
Ford will be taking his shot south, from the Rochester area to Fairfield University.
The Stags will be getting a player with lots of skills beyond the blistering shot he unleashes with pinpoint accuracy. The 6-foot, 180-pound righty is a two-way midfielder who is a strong dodger with a high lacrosse IQ.
Ford, who plays travel lacrosse for Sweetlax, is Webster Thomas’ third 2015 commit, joining fellow middies Kevin Hill (Penn State) and Pat LeMoine (Virginia).
Now, here’s a Q&A with Travis on his commitment.
What were the main factors in your decision?
Fairfield University has a strong academic & business program. I really liked the lacrosse coaches and the university’s commitment to the lacrosse program including plans to renovate its stadium. I liked the layout of the university and its surroundings.
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
I considered and visited Yale, Cornell, Albany, Hofstra, Rutgers and Vermont.
What area of your game do you need to work on?
Strengthening my left hand.
How did you get introduced to lacrosse and what other sports have you played?
I joined the Webster Lacrosse Youth Program when I was in second grade and have continued to work up through the ranks.
In addition to lacrosse, I play soccer with my high school team (Webster Thomas) and with the Webster Soccer Association. I was also on the school wrestling team.
What showcase events did you participate in?
I participated in Maverick Showtime. I was selected to the 2016 all-star teams at Maverick, MVP and Bison Brawl.
Any final thoughts?
I would like to thank the following lacrosse coaches who helped to develop my skills over the past years and have helped me to get to this point in my lacrosse career: Kevin Martin, Rob Ruller, Jasson Jobson, Craig Modern, Andrew Whipple and Craig Whipple.
I would also like to thank my parents, brother and sister for the support and encouragement they have provided me along the way.
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