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.@MainLineSportsC boys’ recruit: Shipley 2018 DEF/LSM Drake commits to Swarthmore

Sunday, 1st April 2018

Categories Boy's/Men's, High School, Recruiting  

By Chris Goldberg, Posted 4/1/18

The Shipley School 2018 defenseman/LSM Will Drake has committed to play Division III lacrosse at Swarthmore College.

Will Drake profile:

Will Drake

High school: The Shipley School

Grad year: 2018

Position: Defense/LSM

College committed to: Swarthmore College

Lacrosse honors: Mesa Fresh 2018 2018 Co-Captain, First Team All-Main Line 2017, First Team All-Friends Schools League, Shipley Lacrosse MVP 2017, LaxRecords Pennsylvania Top 100 Players to Watch, Good to Great Showcase All-Star, Nike Blue Chip invitee

Academic honors: Pansini Scholar Athlete of the Week, Patrick Meehan Congressional Scholar Athlete, Co-Editor of The Shipley Beacon newspaper, three-time published poet, Germination Project Fellow, Senior Student Ambassador

Expected major: Undecided

Why did you choose Swarthmore? “I chose Swarthmore because of the exciting academic and athletic opportunities it offers. I appreciate how Coach Pat Gress places clear emphasis on succeeding both on the field and in the classroom. I’m also very interested in the unique opportunities at Swarthmore, such as its Honors Program. In addition, my family and friends will be able to attend my games because the school is close to my home.’

HS team’s 2018 outlook: “We have a strong group of underclassmen, who have already stepped up for us in our first regular season games in Florida. After a shortcoming at the end of last season, we are focusing our efforts on our goal of winning a Friends Schools League Championship this year. I feel optimistic about our team this year because we are highly motivated and have been preparing since the end of last season. We will be playing with chips on our shoulders for the entire season.”

Thank You: “Thank you to my family for unconditionally supporting and inspiring me. Also, I’d like to thank my high school coaches, Mark Duncan, Joe Donnelly, Rob Chambers, and Kevin Crowley, for pushing to improve my skills me each day; and my Mesa Fresh coaches, Paul O’Grady and Scott Gabrielsen, were also instrumental in my development as a lacrosse player. I thank them for having confidence in me and instilling a gritty attitude into my game ever since I was a weak eighth grader. I’d also like to thank John Begier, who has assiduously helped me through the recruiting process. I’m grateful for all of my teammates on both Mesa and Shipley, as they constantly push me to become a better player and person.”

Main Line Sports Center, the official sponsor for boys’ recruits, congratulates Will Drake. Main Line SC, located at 1340 Swedesford Road, Berwyn, PA, 19312, offers elite training and clinics for boys and girls as well as club programs for boys. Featuring 5 large indoor fields, we cater to sports teams and organizations looking for a practice facility with ample space and state of the art equipment. Our sports arena is available for organized practices and training sessions for all levels and ages of athlete. Due to the scale and layout of our facility, Main Line Sports Center can handle large practices, as well as Tournaments, special events and private parties for your group or team. Please contact the office at 610-640-1420 for information or access the Main Line website at

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