The early signs for the newly launched men’s lacrosse program at Marquette University have been very encouraging.
After going 5-8 in their inaugural season in2013, the Golden Eagles won six games this past spring including victories against such established programs as Hofstra, Georgetown, St. John’s, Providence and Rutgers and advanced to the Big East semifinals, where they fell to Villanova 9-6.
Cole Froemming thinks Marquette is building a winner and wants to be a part of it.
The Class of 2016 defender from Eden Prairie, MN has verbally committed to the Golden Eagles, a decision reported by Joe Lombardi on LaxLessons.com’s Lacrosse Insider premium coverage section.
Froemming’s introduction to lacrosse came from one of the best-known football-playing families in the land of 10,000 lakes, that belong to Rick Spielman, the general manager of the Minnesota Vikings.
“I was introduced to lacrosse in fifth grade by my friend JD Spielman (Rick Spielman’s son),” Froemming said. “I wanted to play a spring sport after quitting baseball, so I thought I would try lacrosse.”
Froemming also plays football for Eden Prairie, along with JD Spielman and his older brother Ronnie, who are both Ohio State commits. (Ronnie will be an incoming freshman at OSU, JD is in the Class of 2016.)
In lacrosse, the 6-foot-2, 185-pound Froemming, a righty, is a physical and aggressive player known for his on-ball defense.
Now, here’s a Q&A with Cole on his commitment.
What were the main factors in your decision?
The academics at Marquette University played a large role in my decision. The business school is great and offers many majors.
Second, Marquette being a new program really intrigued me. Being a part of building a program and creating a legacy was something I really wanted to be apart of.
Lastly, with Marquette going 5-8 in their first year of play, making it to the Big East semifinals, that showed me that (Marquette) Coach (Joe) Amplo and his staff are committed to building a winning program.
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
I also considered Air Force, Ohio State and Fairfield.
What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
One of my strengths as a defenseman is playing on ball, one-on-one. I would consider myself an aggressive, takeaway/cover defenseman.
What area of your game do you need to work on?
To be the best player that I can be I need to work on every aspect of my game. Some areas I need to focus on are my off-ball play and communication.
What travel team do you play on what showcase events did you participate in?
I play for Team Minnesota. I attended King of the Hill, Best of the Best, Hotbeds, and Jake Reed’s Nike Bluechip.
Any final thoughts?
First and foremost, I would like to thank god for blessing me with the ability to do what I love, Secondly I would like to thank my parents for supporting me on and off the field. Without their support all of my hard work would be for naught.
I would also like to thank Rob Graff, Chris Fleck, Todd Frykman, and the entire Team Minnesota organization for everything they have done for me to help me grow as a player and a person.
Finally I would like to thank Ryan Ward, Tony Donna, and all of my past Eden Prairie youth coaches for getting me started as a youngster and putting a stick in my hand.
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