Matt Schmidt’s introduction to lacrosse came in seventh grade in his native Ohio.

“My middle school was starting a new lacrosse program and needed a goalie,” Schmidt said. “I wasn’t scared of the ball, and i instantly fell in love with the game and the position. I knew I wanted to play in college, so I put all of my effort towards achieving this goal.”

Fast forward just over three years later and Schmidt has done precisely that in fact.

Schmidt has verbally committed to Notre Dame, a decision reported by Joe Lombardi on’s Lacrosse Insider premium coverage section.

Schmidt is reclassifying as a member at the Class of 2017 at the Culver Military Academy in Indiana after transferring from Columbus Academy in Gahanna, Ohio.

The 6-foot, 180-pound Schmidt, a righty, is a technically sound position goaltender with outstanding footwork and communication skills.

recruiting_updateNow, here’s a Q&A with Matthew on his commitment.

What were the main factors in your decision?
The second i stepped on campus at Notre Dame, I knew it was where I wanted to go.

The huge campus provides a big university feel, while the amount of students that attend is small.

There is so much support for students in their academic endeavors, as well as the student bodies support of the lacrosse program.

The coaches made me feel right at home with their unique ideas and philosophies including spring and summer trips around the country as well as global visits.

What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
Harvard, Yale, Cornell, Ohio State and Delaware.

I also play football on the varsity level as a defensive end.

What travel team do you play on what showcase events did you participate in?
I play for Resolute Elite 2017 under Matt Lee and Midwest Select 2017 under Jon Posner.

I played in Nike Blue Chip, Maverik Showtime, NSCLA Warrior Select Showcase, B’more Showcase.  All Star at Baltimore Summer Kickoff 2 and FLG in 3d.

Any final thoughts?
I would like to thank all of my coaches: Stefan Schroder, Jon Posner, Matt Lee, Greg Bice, Anthony Kelly, Mike Gabel and the late Mark Barren who introduced me to the game.

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