Creekside 2022 Zack Bender Commits to Bryant University!

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Congratulations to Zack on his college choice and good luck in the future! And Zack, since you are going to the NEC, I’ll be watching all the Bryant-Hobart games, so good luck the other games of the year . . .

Name
Zack Bender

Graduation Year
2022

High School
Creekside High School

Position
Midfield

College Choice
Bryant University

Why did you choose this college?
The combination of elite academics and athletics, along with the family like feel the team and staff gives.

What Advice Would You Give Those Starting the Recruiting Process?
Take your time. I know it sounds cliche to say it will all work out, but you can’t force the process. Don’t stop working and don’t let your head get down.

Who Would You Like to Thank for Getting You to Here?
My parents first and foremost, for providing me with all sorts of opportunities in the fall and summer for me to play in front of coaches, as well as get to practices. Second would be all the coaches who have impacted me in any way, from 1st grade rec ball to the highest level of club ball that I’ve played. Third would friends / other family members for pushing me and supporting me through my process.

What are your first memories of the sport?
First memory would be playing rec ball in 1st grade and being told we couldn’t check (after my neighbor had already attempted to teach me a rusty gate) and then promptly trying a rusty gate in practice, letting go of my stick, and the stick hitting my coach.

What is Your Favorite Memory From Your High School Career?
Beating Ponte Vedra in district finals of my junior year.

What is Your Stick Brand? And Why?
I would have to say Maverik. Huge fan of their shafts feel and weight, and like their Kinetik as well. Have to say, the ECD DNA has worked really well for me as well. Just strong enough not to warp, but not too stiff.

Which Lacrosse Player Do You Most Want to Have a Meal With and Why?
I think I would have to say Kyle Harrison. Huge fan of not only his lacrosse game, but his off the field presence as well. Overall just seems like one of those guys you love to have on your team.

Do You Watch College & Pro Games and What Are You Watching for to Make You a Better Player?
Watch every college and pro game I can. With different streaming services and providers it can be limiting sometimes but I try to do everything I can to watch. Love watching college and seeing guys from my area of Florida. I like to watch post game analysis on youtube, there’s a couple of channels who do some good stuff. I like to watch my own film over a couple times as well.

What’s Your Go-To Meal After a Game?
Got to be a steak and chicken bowl from Chipotle. Half brown half pinto, mild and a little hot, cilantro lime rice, lettuce, guac, cheese. Tortilla on the side.

What’s the One Thing Your Teammates Would be Surprised to Know About You?
I’ve traveled to 8 countries : Germany, Spain, Italy, France, Scotland, England, Wales, and Switzerland.

College Team Twitter:
@Bryant_Mlax

College Team Instagram:
@bryant_mlax

High School Team Twitter:
@creeksidelax

Twitter:
@zack_bender21

Instagram:
@zackbend