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Every college team can use what Doug Goldsmith provides.
The rising junior at Shore Regional High School in New Jersey is an athletic and hard-nosed two-way midfielder adept at getting groundballs.
Goldsmith will take those skills to the University at Albany, a decision first reported by Joe Lombardi on LaxLessons.com’s Lacrosse Insider premium coverage section.
The 5-foot-9, 180-pound Goldsmith is a righty with good speed and acceleration.
Now, here’s a Q&A with Doug on his commitment.
What were the main factors in your decision?
The coaching at Albany and their style of play were the biggest factors in my decision. I also really liked the campus and the school was a good fit academically for me.
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
I visited UMBC, Vermont and Rutgers.
What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
I would describe my style of play as fast and physical. My strengths as a player are my defensive play and my on-the-run shot off the dodge.
What area of your game do you need to work on?
I want to work on my step-down shot and keep improving my stick skills.
How did you get introduced to lacrosse and what other sports have you played?
I was in sixth grade when I got my first lacrosse stick and I joined Ocean Youth Lacrosse until I graduated middle school. When I first started playing for Ocean, I was the only kid from out of town.
In seventh grade, I went to a winter training session with United Lacrosse and loved it from the beginning.
I’ve played football my whole life, and still do now. When I was little, I played basketball, soccer and baseball.
What travel team do you play on what showcase events did you participate in?
I play for United NJ Black 2016. I attended the Great Upstate Showcase and the Capital Challenge Showcase this summer.
Any final thoughts?
I would like to thank Coach (Steve) Carcaterra and Coach (Ric) Beardsley from United Lacrosse because they’ve been with me from the beginning- even when I started on the “B” team in eighth grade. They never stopped believing in me and encouraging me.
I also want to thank my parents for always helping me and being behind me in every choice I make.
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