Senior midfielder Logan Soelberg of Crespi Carmelite, the 2018 Mission League Player of the Year, announced Saturday that he will enroll and play lacrosse at Yale University, home of the defending NCAA Division I champions.
Soelberg had been committed to Maryland, but a fall phone call from Yale coach Andy Shay changed everything.
“I was driving back from fall-ball practice at Crespi and I got a call from a Connecticut phone number,” Soelberg said via email. “I picked up and asked who it was and heard, ‘Hello Logan; this is Coach Shay from Yale.’ I was definitely taken aback, but we had a good conversation about Yale and how he thought my style of play fit in perfectly with the Yale program.”
Thank you to everyone that made this possible. Yale ‘23🔵⚪️ pic.twitter.com/4YGltMoLKH
— LS (@LoganSoelberg15) December 15, 2018
Soelberg said he hadn’t spoken with Shay previously, so he was somewhat surprised he was on the coach’s radar. But Coach Shay said he had kept open a spot in this recruiting class in case the Bulldogs found a player they really liked, and the Crespi star happened to be that player.
“I eventually visited the campus and loved it,” Logan Soelberg said. “Seeing lacrosse players everywhere spending time with each other and enjoying being with one another gave me a glimpse in to a very special team chemistry. Through a very hard process of deciding what is best for me, both as a student and a lacrosse player, I decided that Yale was the best school for me. That being said, I will always have nothing but love and respect for the Maryland team and coaches.”
Soelberg committed to Maryland in February of his sophomore year, choosing the Terrapins over Johns Hopkins and Drexel. That season, he was named second-team All-Mission League, and he followed that as a junior with the league player-of-the-year and first-team US Lacrosse All-Area honors.
Now he heads into his senior season with the knowledge that at least three of the top NCAA programs in the country thought enough of him to offer him spots in their recruiting classes.
“Being highly recruited has been a tremendous honor and very special to me,” Soelberg said, “because I get to be part of the movement to grow the game and show that the west coast produces top-tier lacrosse players.”