By Chris Goldberg
TopLaxRecruits.com, Posted 11/14/15
Gonzaga (D.C.) 2018 defenseman/LSM Drake Schaffer has made a commitment to the admissions process at Dartmouth College.
Drake Schaffner ledger:
High School: Gonzaga College High School, DC
Graduation Year: 2018
College Choice: Dartmouth College
Club Affiliations: FCA Maryland 2018 (most recently), Blackwolf 2018
Lacrosse Honors: Maverick Showcase – 2018 All-Star, Ty Xander’s 2018 “Watch List”, Under Armour Uncommitted Showcase, 2015 Wave Lax – Class of 2018 Team, MVP,
Made the nationally-ranked Gonzaga varsity team as a freshman, Philly Freshman Showcase Invite – Top 40 All-Star (Nov. 2014), Blue Chip 225 ELITE Division invitee for Summer 2015, Jake Reed Blue Chip invitee – Class of 2018 (June 2014), FCA 2017 National team in Lake Placid – starting close D
What will you major in/study? History & Business
Why did you choose Dartmouth? “I selected Dartmouth because it is an Ivy institution with an exceptional global reputation. Dartmouth is rich with both academic and athletic tradition, and the intimate setting was very appealing to me.
“Coach (Brendan) Callahan has only been at Dartmouth a short time but he has a very strong record of lacrosse success at prior schools and I believe that he is building a program destined for much success. I want to play for a Division 1 school that is not just good now, but on the rise so that I can help to contribute to that success. I am very encouraged to see the level of talent that Dartmouth has recruited and I am honored to commit to the admissions process at Dartmouth.”
HS team’s outlook for 2016 season? “Gonzaga had a great 2015 season, and although we graduated some key players, other guys are ready to step up in pursuit of our (hopefully) seventh straight WCAC championship. Coach O’Neill and our coaching staff does a tremendous job preparing us while emphasizing hard work and being men for others. I believe Gonzaga will be successful in 2016, but you never know until you take the field and meet your opponents head-on. After being nomads for the 2015 season while our field was under construction, it will be great to have some home games in 2016.”
Thank You: “Without question, I am blessed to be part of a wonderful immediate family, great friends, extremely talented teammates both at Gonzaga and my club team in addition to the finest coaches in the country.
“Starting with Coach Casey O’Neill (head coach at Gonzaga Varsity) who is my true hero and leader! Coach O’Neill truly embodies what it means to lead by example in everything he does. Coach King (Gonzaga defensive coach) who consistently reminds me that there is always more work to be done and is never satisfied with his defenseman being just “good.”
“FCA coaches Coach Bryan Kelly and Ryan Hornburg who together make me a complete lacrosse player and have completely refined my level of play so that I can get to the next level. Coach Trig of Blackwolf who helped instill the importance of grit and pure determination, and Coach Bobby of qAthletics who took a skinny 7th grade kid and worked with me on speed, agility and footwork.
“Most importantly, I must thank my parents who have always been there to help me achieve my dreams.
“I also want to make mention of the tournaments that helped me the most. Attending Nike Blue Chip helped me get started and created a great deal of buzz. Fall Philly Showcase 2014 Fab 40 without question helped me garner offers from many of the top D1 programs I spoke with after the showcase concluded. Maverick Showtime 2015 All-Stars solidified that I had the ability to compete with the top 2018 players in the country. I absolutely would not have been as highly recruited without these tournaments.”
Other schools considered: 7 other top DI programs
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