By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 9/20/11
Face-off specialist Bobby Benditt, a 2010 graduate of Avon Grove, will play Division II lacrosse this year at Tampa University, which recently moved up from club to the NCAA level.
Bobby Benditt log:
High school: Avon Grove
Graduation: Class of 2010
Position: Face-off specialist
College choice: Tampa (first-year NCAA D2 program)
When did you first attend Tampa and why?
Benditt: “I came to Tampa in the fall of 2010 after a season ending elbow/arm injury (in the spring of 2010). I heard there was a club team which was very competitive as I was still in the process of rehabilitation of my arm. We played in tournaments in Jacksonville, Boca Raton, etc. I also heard rumors there would be a Division II varsity program in the following year.”
Are you excited to be playing in a new program?
Benditt: “I am very excited to be part of the Tampa Spartans lacrosse team. It’s becoming a popular sport and is starting to spread all around Florida and we will have much competition. I am excited to see what this year brings and we have the potential through all the transfer students from Siena, Salisbury, Suffolk CC, Nassau CC, Albany, RIT and many more to reach the national championship.”
Has Fall Ball practice begun yet and how is it going?
Benditt: “We started practicing in the middle of September, but we had an intense 3-day tryout for walkons, recruits, etc. Having about 80-90 kids try out, the roster was cut down to about 50-55 for the fall ball season. Our workouts consist of morning or late afternoon conditioning with our strength coach, then we have a skills session after. Our team has high expectations with much talent, and we have become very close as a team through the past 3 weeks now that the official fall ball team has been set.
“Also, we will be facing many teams in the fall ball season scrimmages, such as University of Florida in Gainesville, USF, Florida State, and many more.”
How do you think you fit into the new program?
Benditt: “As a face-off specialist I know I can bring much to this Tampa Spartans team, and help out. After about 8-10 players tried out for the face-off spot, it was then cut down to three. I look forward to working with the other face-off guys as we have much talent from an older student who played at Stony Brook and transferred to Roanoke College, and will end his career with the Spartans. He brings much college lacrosse experience and knowledge and it’s very exciting.”
Other info: Tampa joins fellow-Sunshine State Conference schools Florida Southern College, Saint Leo University and Rollins College along with Florida Tech, which also begins competition in 2012.
What are you majoring in?
Benditt: “Communications with a concentration in sports marketing/advertising. Tampa has a well known background with all sports programs in the area.”
How has the recovery gone for your injury?
Benditt: “I am fully rehabbed and my arm feels better than ever and it’s exciting to be back at the varsity, collegiate level playing in the Deep South Conference. I still have all my eligibility.”
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