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Lacrosse has already taken Sam Shafer from his hometown of Rowayton, CT to prep school at Trinity-Pawling, NY.
Soon, it will take him to the nation’s traditional homebase for the sport, Baltimore.
The Class of 2017 goaltender verbally committed to Loyola University earlier this week, a decision first reported by Joe Lombardi on LaxLessons.com’s Lacrosse Insider premium coverage section.
The 6-foot-3, 175-pound Shafer was an all-star selection at the Legacy Invitational and also made appearances at the Harvard Crimson Classic, the Philly Showcase and the Crab’s Invitational.
Now, here’s a Q&A with Sam on his commitment.
What were the main factors in your decision?
When I began to look at schools, I wanted a place where I would fit in. I also wanted the school to be the best academic school where I could play the best lacrosse, and Loyola was the perfect fit.
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
In addition to Loyola, I also visited Air Force, Denver, and was planning to visit West Point but I was sold on Loyola
What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
I believe that I am very strong in the clearing game and my body size is able to take up a lot more net then most goalies. I would describe my playing style as a similar style as previous Loyola goalie Jack Runkel.
What area of your game do you need to work on?
I think that I need to work on getting to know defensive sets more and getting my body above low shots.
How did you get introduced to lacrosse and what other sports have you played?
My older brother Thomas introduced me to lacrosse. I always seemed to copy him in what he did, when he started playing lacrosse, he started off as an attack man but switched to goalie when he figured out that he wasn’t that good at attack. When Thomas switched to goalie, I decided that I would make the switch too. In addition to lacrosse I also run cross country and play hockey.
What travel team do you play on what showcase events did you participate in?
This summer I will be playing for Eclipse Lacrosse Club. We will be playing in Baltimore Summer Kickoff, King of the Hill, Sweetlax invitational, and Inside Lacrosse Recruiting Invitational. I will also be playing In Maverick Showtime.
Any final thoughts and people you want to thank for helping you reach this point?
First off, I’d like to thank my mom, dad and brother for always having to put up with me and driving me all over so I can play lacrosse. I’d also like to give a special thanks to all the coaches at Eclipse, especially Jamie Hanford and Chip Buzzeo.
I would also like to thank Coach Bell at TP for everything that he has done for me in the past two years.
Also I would like to give a special thanks to my advisor Chris Gillman for always supporting me and putting up with my shenanigans. Finally, Id like to toss a special shout out to all of my friends that I have made at TP especially, my roommate Ethan, Austin, Bryan, Jordo, Lamps, Jeremy, Asa and Aidan. Miss you boys.
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