First and foremost, I would like to thank everyone who attended our 2017 FLG Recruiting Night. What a wonderful occasion! The night consisted of laughs, cheers, applause, Panera Bread, drinks, and some valuable insight on the lacrosse recruiting process. It was so rewarding to witness transparency, authenticity, and maturity amongst our male and female alums. They did an unbelievable job vocalizing their path to finding the right fit at the next level.
All our Alumni had a different path. Some roads windier than others. At the end of the day, these journey’s were shared in a way that has better educated our current FLG studletes and families. To learn from other peoples stories is invaluable advice that should be used in a positive way. We want every boy and girl in our program to find the right fit at the collegiate level, have the best four years ahead of them and set themselves up for a career beyond the lacrosse field.
Special thanks to our alumni panel (listed below) and to all the families who attended. For those of you who couldn’t make it last night, below are some questions that were answered by our Alumni panel. We look forward to meeting with our are 19’s & 20’s towards the end of this year and next. Happy Holidays, be safe, and always remember: we love this game, love what we do, and love getting a chance to meet so amazing people through our FLG Program.
The FLG Family
FLG Alumni Panel & Questions Asked
Tom Whelan – Wesleyan University
*Tommy tore his ACL going into his Junior year of High School
-What advice would you give to athletes who experience a major injury during the recruiting process?
-How does your experience at a NESCAC school differ from other DIII programs?
Chandler Kirby – Cornell University
-What is biggest challenge you see freshmen facing as they adjust to college both academically and athletically?
-Do you think you were proactive enough during the recruiting process? If not, why not? If so, what did you do?
Christian Kuhn – Air Force
-What factors made a service academy appealing to you?
-What are the positives and negatives of being so far from home?
Eric Gennari – Union College
*Eric went from Providence to Nassau Community College to Union College
-Can you describe your journey through transferring schools?
-What is one piece of advice you would give young studletes going through the recruiting process?
Tyler Warner- Yale University
-Can you describe the commitment level during the fall and spring seasons?
*Tyler is a pre-med student at Yale who has been a 4-year starter in one of the best lacrosse programs in the country
-In what ways has the college lacrosse experience exceeded your expectations? What are some of the hidden obstacles you didn’t expect going in?
Jared Warner- University of Pennsylvania
*Jared committed in his senior year of High School and stopped playing his sophomore year of college.
-When did you commit to UPenn, talk about your recruiting process?
-What made you want to go back to playing lacrosse after taking some time off?
Giana Kapoosuzian – Bryant University
-When did the recruiting process begin for you?
-What events or showcases did you feel gave you the best exposure?
Kristen Decicco – Le Moyne College
-What made Lemoyne the right decision for you?
-Can you describe how your experience at Lemoyne compares with that of a DI or DIII student-athlete?
Paige Lewis/Megan Keener – Adelphi University
-What are some of the positives and negatives of attending school close to home?
–If there was one thing you could change about your college experience, what would it be?
Emily Sandford – Manhattan College
–What are some of the advantages of being so close to a major city?
–If you could give young studletes one piece of advice, what would it be?
Rory Sadoff – UMass-Amherst
*Rory coaches in the FLG Program
–What made you decide you wanted to stop playing your last season at UMass?
-Did you second guess yourself or have any regrets about your decision?
Diana Schmitt – Meryhurst University
*Diana coaches in the FLG Program
-Diana, recruited by one coach, freshmen year another, new coach late summer going into sophomore year, what was it like as a student athlete going through so many changes?
Sam DiSalvo – Stony Brook University
*Sam coaches in the FLG Program. Sam is a senior captain for one of the best lacrosse programs in the country.
-What have you found to be the positives and negatives in regards to being coached by a male?
-What advice would you give prospective student-athletes about to go on their unofficial/official visits?
For each member of the panel:
If you had one piece of advice for a studlete going through the recruiting process today, what would it by?
FLG Staff who helped make last night happen:
Facilitator: Corey Winkoff
Contributors: Robyn Pastuch, Eric Dunne, Bob Schmitt, Devin Votta, Rory Sadoff
President & CEO: Mike Winkoff