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Adam Ghitelman

Lacrosse

                      

 

 

1.) Why did you choose to get involved in Lacrosse?

I first was introduced to the sport by my best friend Corey Winkoff (UPenn '11). His Dad was my coach in youth soccer, where I also played goalie, and him and I were very close in our early elementary school years. His Dad persuaded me to come try out the sport in the Spring of my 4th grade year... I originally started out with a regular stick, but as many say in the sport, "You do not choose your position, Your position chooses you." I was able to quickly adapt to the position due to my experience in the soccer goal, playing angles, getting your body behind the ball, hand-eye coordination, all these things seemed to connect from sport to sport, position to position. In terms of the game itself, I was amazed by the speed, tenacity, toughness, and skill that the sport employed from the very beginning... even if we were just 4th graders just starting to experiment with our opposite hands.

 

2.) What has been your career highlight so far?

EASY! Winning the National Championship my senior year at UVA in 2011. Nothing in the world of lacrosse can match winning the NCAA Championship. The way we went about that season makes it even more remarkable. Another top highlight would be playing for the United States of America and capturing Gold in the U-19 Men's lacrosse championships over Canada.

 

3.) How has your playing impacted your coaching?

I think having played at Virginia and being coached by Dom Starsia... I find myself reiterating the many things that he told us as players day in and day out. I catch myself on many occasions stealing words right out of his mouth. 

 

4.) Who were your heroes growing up?

As a player, Tillman Johnson (UVA '04) was my biggest goalie hero. He is the reason why I wanted to go to UVA since I was a young kid... and the reason why I fell in love with the position.

 

5.) For people that are unfamiliar with lacrosse, why should they tune-in?

Lacrosse is the most exciting game played on two feet... But what makes it all the more interesting is how all 4 major sports are incorporated into one with lacrosse: The hard hitting of football, the stick skills of Hockey, the defensive and offensive schemes of basketball... well I guess only 3 sports. Baseball is just plain boring and I refuse to connect it to our sport. Can't stand the spring/summer without watching Lacrosse highlights... ESPN drowns your eyes out with cliché baseball play after baseball play... NEED MORE LAX ON TELEVISION! It's just the beginning!

 

6.) What was your favorite subject in school and why?

My favorite subject that I ever took was Psychology. The scientific study of the human mind and its functions.  I took it in my junior year of high school and ended up majoring in it as a college student-athlete. It is such a new science, and is applicable to so many real-world situations. It is so interesting to learn how people think and behave in the world.

 

7.) What is the most unusual thing that you have witnessed while playing or coaching lacrosse?

The most unusual thing that I have witnessed while playing/coaching is how crazy the recruiting process has gotten at the collegiate level. The sport has become so competitive at this level that the recruiting process has gotten as crazy as big time college football: with sophomores committing to colleges. SOPHOMORES IN HIGH SCHOOL! I just don't understand how a kid is going to develop to his potential when he's committing to a college at such a young age... a lot of these kids haven't even taken their SATs yet, mind even progressed through puberty! It is certainly a negative aspect of our sport right now in my honest opinion because the process is stunting their development as not only players, but people. Kids should not be rushed into making lifelong decisions at such a young age...