By K.I. Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 6/27/13
Culver Academy (IN) rising senior attackman Riley Thompson has made a commitment to the admissions process to play Division I lacrosse at Princeton University.
Riley Thompson log:
High School: Culver Academy, Culver, Indiana
Graduation Year: 2014
Position: Attack, Left-handed
College Choice: Princeton University
Club Affiliations: Edge Lacrosse, Orangeville Northmen
Major lacrosse honors, All-Star teams, Camps, Showcases: Ontario Box lacrosse midget Provincial Champions (2011), Maverick Showtime All-Star team, North American Lacrosse Invitational (NALI) Champion (2012, 2013), NALI All-Tournament team (2012), NALI Tournament Offensive MVP (2012)
Academic Honors: Blue Key Society Member, Gold A (3.7 GPA and no grades below B+)
What will you major in/study? Undecided
Why did you choose Princeton? “An accumulation of different reasons lead me to choose Princeton as my future school. Of course the school’s incredible history and reputation put it at the top of my list before I even stepped foot on campus. Princeton’s academic status was also very attractive, knowing that I would be going to school with like-minded students who, like myself, are looking to push themselves in the classroom and strive for success.
“This competitive edge also carries over to lacrosse, as Princeton continues to be a contender in the Ivy League as well as nationally. Also having spoken to the coaches and meeting the players has strengthened my decision to go to Princeton even further.”
What are your thoughts on this past season and next season? “This year was a tremendous success at Culver. Our coach Jon Posner set the goals very high, wanting to be a top 5 ranked team in the country. Being in Indiana has made it difficult to get national recognition, but with an 18-2 season and with wins over Episcopal, Landon, the Hill, Brother Rice, and a close game with Boys’ Latin pushed us to #5 in Inside Lacrosse’s National High School Rankings.
“Our success was greatly contributed to by our dedicated coach as well as our seniors. Personally, I am looking to continue our success on our trips out east where we get to play the best teams in the country and establish our name as a not only a top team in the Midwest, but in the country.
“Our team’s outlook for next season will definitely be to continue our success as well as fill the gaps that have been left by our seniors from last season.”
Other comments: “I have to thank my High School coach, Jon Posner, for everything he has done for me on and off the field. He has not only been helping me become a D1 caliber player, but he also opened the door for me by talking to many coaches and giving me numerous options for after high school.
“I also want to thank Edge Lacrosse, the first club team I played on that gave me a taste of field lacrosse against Americans, as I have played box lacrosse in Canada until I played Edge.
“Lastly I would like to thank my family for all of the tremendous support they have provided. I would not find myself where I am today without my parents pushing me in school and more so on the lacrosse field. They have allowed me to see my full potential as a player, a student, and as a person.”
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