Canyon Crest senior and 3d Select veteran Matthew Anderson has committed to play NCAA Divison III lacrosse at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York. Hamilton competes in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC).
Anderson targeted academically-selective D3 schools and spent some time to explain the recruiting journey that led him to Hamilton.
What were some of the reasons that ultimately led you to decide on Hamilton?
From the beginning, I was looking for high academic institutions to play at, and Hamilton, among others, is a highly competitive academic environment which was a big pull. The Hamilton coach ultimately made me feel the most confident in my place at his school, other schools tended to treat me as if they were ready to lose me at any time. The confidence he gave me in his interest was a pull. Finally, after a visit I was able to see myself at the school, and with the coach’s explicit interest I really felt that I would be a valued player in the program.
What were some of the other schools you considered?
Towards the end of the process, it came down to Hamilton, Vassar, and Haverford; while earlier on it included schools such as Bowdoin and RPI.
Describe the recruiting process? Who helped you through and it how much of it was done on your own?
The recruiting process was interesting, and my number one consultant was my father. The process involved a lot of emails (A good portion of them being ignored) and phone calls with coaches. It was a lot of cat and mouse around a school’s interest, and ultimately the schools that lasted were the most honest. My dad helped advise all the emails and calls I needed to send out, and what to look for in what coaches said. From there, I handled most of the communication to schools I was interested in.