Describe the qualities that your program is looking for in a potential student-athlete?
Our process starts with evaluating athletic ability, lacrosse skills, and lacrosse IQ. Once we have identified potential student-athletes from an athletic standpoint, we shift to the academics. We assess the academic profile of our prospects in terms of GPA, SAT or ACT, and course load. Lafayette College is an academically challenging institution and we are looking for student-athletes that are prepared for the challenges of a rigorous college curriculum. From a recruiting standpoint, we are looking for individuals that take both academics and athletics very seriously. We are looking for individuals that are willing to make the commitment and sacrifice necessary to be successful both on and off of the field. The final aspect of our recruitment is personality. We are looking for individuals that will represent themselves, their families, the coaching staff, the alumni, and the institution with honor, respect, and integrity.
Could you give us an example of a current or former player who exceeded your expectations, highlighting the reasons that player excelled?
My story is about my current assistant, Matt Musci. Matt is one of the hardest working individuals that I have ever had the pleasure to work with. I coached Matt when I was an assistant at Drexel University. He is one of those guys that is the first one on the field getting ready for practice and the last one off of the field at the end of practice. One week in particular, I continually watched him work on a specific shot at the end of practice for about 20 minutes when the rest of the team left the field. If you are familiar with lacrosse, typical end of practice shooting is standing still, or shooting high, basically things that coaches tell you not to do during games. Matt was rolling out a ball on the high crease, picking up the ground ball, getting upfield with the ball, turning his hips and shoulders and shooting high to low at the pipes from about 8 to 10 yards away from the cage. He was simply doing something that you just don’t see players working on. I asked him, “Why are you practicing that shot?” He told me that he was working on skills that might happen in a game and he wanted to be prepared. That Saturday we were playing a ranked opponent. The game was tied in the fourth quarter and Matt scored the game winning goal on the exact skill that he was practicing that week. Hard work and preparation pay off. Coach Musci is my assistant now at Lafayette College. He exemplifies the personality traits we look for in our players – tough, committed, prepared, hardworking, respectful, never satisfied, unselfish – a true leader.