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Utahns Abroad: Jeremy Lofgreen Reports From Elmira College

Jeremy Lofgreen Elmira College
Jeremy Lofgreen (34 – Purple)
Jeremy Lofgreen graduated from Herriman High School in 2012 and was named MVP in D-II at the LSM position. He was then recruited to play at Elmira College in New York. Elmira is about 2 hours south of Syracuse, and is an NCAA Division-III lacrosse college. He has been playing close defense his first year and has learned a great amount about the difference between the East Coast and Utah lacrosse.
“Utah Lacrosse is underrated and does not get a lot of rep out East. If you want to be a big name player, you have to make a big name for yourself by getting coaches attention,” he said.  Jeremy is wrapping up his season with 2 goals and 16 ground balls and 13 caused turnovers.
Utah Lacrosse News: How big is your school?
Jeremy Lofgreen: My school, Elmira College, has an undergraduate population of 1,200 students. It’s real small, but everyone lives on campus so its tight knit and friendly.
ULN: What do you like most about the city you are in?
JL: I love the city. I’m upstate so the city itself isn’t big at all. Its a nice change. The scenery is unreal. We are just outside Watkins Glen which is one of the most gorgeous places on earth.
ULN: What is College lax like?
JL: Its AWESOME. Most fun I have ever had in my life. Its a lot of work, but that only makes it more rewarding in the long run.
ULN: What is the hardest part?
JL: It is much more competitive. Kids are bigger, stronger, faster, and the stick skills are much better. Keepers are expected to make a lot more saves, and because of that shots are expected to be better.
ULN: What is the best part?
JL: I would say one of the best parts for me is the way the game moves. Its much more fluid. Transitions are faster, restarts come more quickly, etc. The game is more constant. It makes lacrosse much more fun to play, and certainly more exciting for others to watch.
ULN: What is your Major?
JL: I am a Biology and Pre-Medical major. I hated science until I got to college, but once I got here the light must have clicked or something. I can’t imagine doing anything else.
ULN: What game are you most looking forward to playing in this next season and why?
JL: There are several games I am really excited for. Stevens Tech is a HUGE game for us. They are the strongest team in our conference and are ranked in the Top Ten nationally. Ithaca is also going to be a big one, especially because they took Cortland into 2 OT the other day. Basically, every single conference game is a giant deal to us. The Empire 8 is one of the most competitive lacrosse conferences in D-III. There is a TON of talent out here, but it is also a small world. Most the players know each other, and there is a lot of personal rivalries between players and teams.
ULN: What is the biggest difference between High School and College ball?
JL: Speed is huge. Players know how to make the ball do the work and they really get the ball moving fast. Intensity is also a lot higher, players go 110% the whole time they are on the field. Rosters are stacked and everyone is constantly competing for playing time so everyone works really hard. On top of it all, college players are the elite players from high school. Instead of facing a team that has two or three offensive threats, you end up facing teams that have offensive powerhouses 3 lines deep for midfield and attack. It makes for great lacrosse.
ULN: What advice would you give to High School players who want to play College?
JL: Stop wasting time. Get out and hit the wall, shoot everyday, lift everyday, speed train get physically prepared. Also, get started early on the recruiting process. Be proactive, go search for schools you want to play for, email coaches, fill out letters of interest, make phone calls. Start networking. Just put in the work and make it happen.
Good luck with the rest of your season Jeremy!

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