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Sam Welch makes things happen on the offensive end.
The senior attackman at the Hackley School (NY) is a creative feeder/finisher who is especially effective in unsettled situations.
It’s a style of play he hopes will serve him well at the next level.
For Welch, that means at Cornell University.
The 5-foot-11, 170-pound Welch, a righty, is a Pleasantville (NY) resident who transferred to Hackley prior to his freshman year. You can watch his highlight reel here.
Now, here’s a Q&A with Sam on his commitment.
What were the main factors in your decision?
Academics were the priority. It helped a lot that (Cornell Head) Coach (Matt) Kerwick and (Assistant Coach Peter) Milliman are great, very outgoing guys and excellent coaches. Being in Ithaca is the icing on the cake.
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
I was looking mostly at smaller, academically driven schools in the NESCAC conference as well as Brown. I visited Tufts, Amherst and Brown.
What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
I always feel most comfortable in transitional situations and think that is my strong suit. As a player, I am always unselfish with the ball.
What area of your game do you need to work on?
My left hand is not as strong as I would like it to be, and I need to keep my head up while dodging.
How did you get introduced to lacrosse and what other sports have you played?
I started playing in first grade after I saw some kids playing and having a lot of fun, and I was interested.
I also wrestle and played soccer for a little while.
Any final thoughts and people you want to thank for helping you get to this point?
I am hugely thankful to Ned Crotty who is a great teacher, friend and mentor.
My Hackley coaches, Arnold and Harrington, are phenomenal.
I want to thank my parents most of all.
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