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Grant Pierce Commits to Furman University

Judge Attackmen Grant Pierce Driving to Goal
Judge Attackmen Grant Pierce Driving to Goal

Another player from Utah has joined the ranks of an NCAA D-I commit when Grant Pierce committed to Furman University in South Carolina earlier this week. Pierce, who is currently in the process of transferring to Brighton, played for Judge last season, notching 32 goals and 14 assists in 11 games.
“I chose Furman because when I first walked on the campus, it wasn’t how prestigious the university or coach was, it was just the right feeling,” said Pierce. “It was where I knew I could live for four years of my life, go to school, play lacrosse and be happy. Also, I knew that by being around and playing for Coach Meade I would end up being a better man. All in all, it just felt right!”
Pierce has featured on West Coast Starz, Utah Starz, Utah Blackhawks, Wasatch LC, Brady’s Bunch and 3d Select Colorado. Pierce has been fellow-shipped by several stalwarts in the state and region including Mike Pappas, Craig Morris, Dave Brattin, Bruce Grogg, Dan Mannix, Jono Zissi, Thomas Muldoon, Todd Faiella and Scott Hochstadt.
Perhaps the biggest influence for Pierce was Mike Acee, 212 Lacrosse founder.
“The very first person, the man who changed the course of my life, is Mike Acee,” said Pierce. “Coach Acee has been my private coach for the past three years and not only did he change every part of my game, but he really believed in me and never wavered. Coach Acee has made a huge difference in my life both on the field and off and not only is he my coach, he is my friend.”

Judge Attackmen Grant Pierce Driving to Goal
Judge Attackman Grant Pierce Driving to Goal
Pierce also credits practicing against great players to help him get where he is today.
“An attackman can’t get better without killer poles on him day in and day out and crazy talented goalies sacrificing their bodies regularly to stop your shots,” said Pierce. “I was so lucky to have Andy Rechsteiner, Matt Hirning, Matt Jungemann, Riley Rose and Matt Crispo giving me everything they had every time we stepped on the field. Rain or shine, practice or game, year after year these guys never gave me an inch for free and I am without a doubt a better player because of them. I thank these guys as well as all of my incredible teammates and opponents through the years.”
Pierce offers his advice for players looking to play at the next level.
“I would say to other players coming up through the recruiting system that it isn’t all about what jersey you want to wear,” said Pierce. “It is ALL about what college fits you and if you can see yourself there or not. Don’t commit somewhere just so you can be on a better team or you won’t have an amazing four years, which are going to be some of the most important of your life. Also, don’t waste your parents money with useless camps, ask around and only go to the ones that will get you the best looks and will improve you the most as a player–and then make the All Star team! My other recommendation is to identify a couple top schools that are realistic to your potential and then go to their school camps, that is the best way to get their attention. And most importantly just have fun with the process! If it starts to not be fun, that’s the time to take a step back and look at if you love the sport enough to play it for the next upcoming years of your life, every day!”
The Furman Paladins are coached by Richie Meade who will be looking to lead the U.S. National Team to Gold in 2014 at the FIL World Championship next summer. Furman will begin play in 2014 and will compete in the Atlantic Sun Conference with High Point, Jacksonville, Mercer, Richmond and VMI.

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