By Megan Andrews, 2017 Team
The Dodgers to me represents a great family. It was great to meet new people not just from Connecticut, but from Florida and even Canada! They know what you are going through in terms of the recruiting process and it is nice to have your teammates to talk to. Also, when I tore my ACL, right away I was put in touch with another Dodger who tore her ACL earlier and she helped me throughout the whole process. This just goes to show how much the teams care about each other and look out for one another.
I’m going to be honest; the recruiting process is never easy. My advice is to not just look at one school or rule any one school out. I remember looking at the school I am now committed to online and saying, “Nah that’s not for me.” But, then my dad encouraged me to go take a tour and I fell in love with it. You have to go with your gut; if you visit a school or talk with a coach and you’re really not feeling it, be honest with yourself. Not every school or coach is going to give you an awesome feeling and that’s ok. The best thing to do is accept it and move on to other schools. Having a wide range of schools helped me compare the benefits and drawbacks of each and ultimately helped me reach a decision.
I was recovering from my ACL tear throughout my junior year of high school (the peak of recruiting) and I was so afraid that coaches weren’t going to see me play or be interested. The best thing I did was make a video. This really helps the coaches see how you play even if they don’t see you in person. It doesn’t have to be long or flawlessly put together; you can get iMovie on the app store. A video is a great asset to have and it helps accelerate your recruiting process.
The recruiting process helps you grow and mature a lot. I remember thinking that whatever coach I talked to would want me on the team. That’s not the case and it forced me to look at other schools. But now I know that when one door closes another door opens. There is a school out there for you; you have to believe that.
This is your process, not your parent’s. It is your responsibility to get in touch with coaches and research schools. It can be very stressful and hard work; sometimes I felt that it was impossible to find a school that had the factors I was looking for. But don’t give up. Sometimes if I was feeling too overwhelmed I would exercise, go to the gym or work on my stick skills.
I admit I would go on social media a lot and it was upsetting to see other girls making commitments and when I felt that I wasn’t even halfway there. The best advice I can give is to not compare yourself to any other player. No matter if you go D1 or decide to play club lacrosse, make a decision that best fits you and makes you happy. Do not worry about what others think, it is most important to make yourself happy first.
Another great thing to do is talk to the Dodgers coaches. They have a lot of experience and have great connections with college coaches. They will be able to advocate for you and get you in touch with coaches. Don’t be afraid to ask them for advice, they’re there to help you.
I was an original member of the Dodgers and being part of the program for so long has been awesome. I have so many great memories of playing with the team, celebrating after a hard earned win and being together for all of summer. As hard as the recruiting process was for me I found comfort in knowing that I was not alone; every other girl on my team was going through the same thing.
The best thing to know is that it is possible; there will be a school that will be a great fit for you academically and lacrosse-wise! You will have to work hard to find a school that you love but when you do, you will be so happy and excited that your hard work payed off.