Carson Dutkanych has verbally committed to the Albany Great Danes who play in the America East conference in NCAA D-I.
Dutkanych was also considering North Carolina, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Michigan and Dartmouth but Albany felt right on the first visit.
“All of these schools were tremendous programs that I would love to go to,” said Dutkanych. “But, when I was weeding out all the options like affordability, skill set, how close the team was, there wasn’t a program like Albany. When I first stepped on campus I didn’t feel like I was possibly looking at the school, I felt like I was already going there. All the coaches, and players made me feel very welcomed and like I was apart of the team. And, that is when I knew it was probably the right school for me though it might not have been what I always wanted.”
Dutkanych has wanted to play college lacrosse ever since the 5th grade.
“Carson has had a great deal of support behind his development,” said Park City Head Coach Andy Langendorf. “Dillon, his brother, was one of the best players in the state of Utah throughout his high school career, so Carson had a good example to follow. I think Carson more than any other player in our program understands that the time he spends working on his stick skills, translates into success on the field.”
As part of that development, Dutkanych spent many hours with Mike Acee, Founder & Director of 212 Lacrosse in Park City.
“Carson’s work ethic is unrivaled on the lacrosse field and something every player should emulate,” said Acee. “He is always asking me how he can improve his game. He has a desire to learn everything he can about the game.”
Langendorf also said that Dutkanych understood that to play in NCAA D-I lacrosse, he needed to do well in his academic studies to get a serious look from good schools. Dutkanych has been on the honor roll his whole life and plans on becoming a doctor or dentist.
Dutkanych is also a standout player for the Miners football team.
“Carson knew that coaches like two sport athletes,” said Langendorf. “So he played football and became a force in that sport as well which helped him develop leadership skills.”
Off the field, Dutkanych has put in the work in order to become a D-I athlete.
“When I was younger I used to touch my lacrosse stick everyday; shooting, Wall ball, and any drills I watched off the internet to make me a better player,” said Dutkanych. “But as I have gotten older, I find that not touching my lacrosse stick in the off-season and focusing more on weight lifting and speed workouts does show some unusual improvement. I’d also recommend is making a weighted shaft out of sand and bb’s, this has shown noticeable differences in the speed of my shot.”
Dutkanych leaves this advice for other players wanting to play college lacrosse.
“If you really want to play college lacrosse at either one of the three divisions or MCLA then all you need to do is put a mind set into your head that you are going to go to a specific level and don’t let anyone change that, not even family members. As well as hard work, you can’t make great things happen while just being a bystander and expecting the world to revolve around you, you need to get out and make that happen by working out, practicing stick skills, shooting, mental preparation, etc.”
Dutkanych will hope to improve upon his 2012 campaign with the Miners when he notched 42 goals and 18 assists.
Park City photo courtesy of Vicki Gaibe
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