By Chris Goldberg
LILacrosseNews.com, Posted 9/25/12
Christian Brothers (TN) senior goalie Patrick Shayer has committed to the admissions process to play Division III lacrosse at Williams College. Shayer plays club lacrosse for the Long Island Sting.
Patrick Shayer log:
High School: Christian Brothers H.S., Memphis, TN
Graduation Year: 2013
College Choice: Williams College
Club Affiliation: LI Sting
Major lacrosse honors: 1st Team All-Region; 2nd Team All-State; Blue Chip 225 All-Star; ECLC All-Star; Good to Great All-Star; New England Team Showcase All-Star; SoCo Individual Showcase All-Star and All-Star game MVP
Academic honors: National Merit Semifinalist, 1st Honors – All semesters
What will you major in/study? Undecided, but leaning towards economics.
Why did you choose the school? “Williams is one of the best schools in the country. Williamstown, the Williams campus and the surrounding Berkshire mountains are beautiful. Attending Williams would be a fantastic opportunity for me, with or without lacrosse. But I love lacrosse and Coach (George) McCormack and Coach (Mike) Silipo are great. The NESCAC is one of the most competitive conferences in the country with a very high level of play and some great rivalries. Finally, playing for a NESCAC school will allow me the opportunity to participate in other activities and pursue other interests while still being able to play lacrosse at a very high level.”
What is your HS team’s outlook for next season? “We are always competitive and we will be competitive again this year. We haven’t made it out of the quarterfinals in a long time. Hopefully this is the year.”
Other schools considered? Amherst, Middlebury, Tufts, Colgate, Harvard and Holy Cross.
Other comments: “There has been a lot of talk about lacrosse players now coming from non-hotbed areas. While that may be happening, it is still an uphill battle for someone like me, coming from Memphis. There are now thousands of players in states like Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, Florida and Texas so I still think we’re underrepresented. The only way for me to be seen was to travel to where the action is and that takes a lot of effort and expense. It was hard to get to tournaments, let alone practice with and get to know my teammates. I owe a special thanks to my club team coaches, especially Ken Miller, who was very helpful. The recruiting process is very confusing and fluid. Mr. Miller was able to provide a lot of valuable guidance and clarity.”