Saint Andrew’s Boys 2024 Beck Trafton Commits to Babson College!
Written by Lee Roggenburg on . Posted in Boys Recruiting, Featured Posts, Florida Lacrosse News, Recruiting.
Congratulations to Beck on his college choice and good luck in the future!
|Saint Andrew’s School
Why did you choose this college?
|I want to study business and entrepreneurship. Babson is the number one program in the country for this, and the admission criteria is very competitive. It was always my goal to have lacrosse assist me in attending a school that academically might have been a reach without it. Babson was the perfect combination of high academics and a very competitive lacrosse program. I have to thank Babson head coach Rocky Batty for believing in me.
What Advice Would You Give Those Starting the Recruiting Process?
|The recruiting process can be stressful, don’t allow it to be. Play the long game, and unless you’re one of them, don’t get caught up in the hype of the top 100 players announcing their commitments in the first couple of months. Just trust in yourself and continue to grow as an athlete and work on your craft. The right school fit is out there for everyone.
Who Would You Like to Thank for Getting You to Here?
|Without my parents support none of this would have ever been possible so they top the list. Also, there was a pivotal point in my career where a coach made a recommendation, without my knowing, to a state club that picked me up and set me on the path for the exposure I needed to be seen on a national scale. That was local coach Calder Alfono, former Duke and FSU lacrosse player. I’ll always be grateful to him for that. My club and High School coaches all played key roles in my development as did the Faceoff Academy and Faceoff Factory training sessions.
What are your first memories of the sport?
|When I was 4 years old, my dad help start a youth program on Miami Beach called the Squids in 2010. I was the youngest kid on the field, but everyone was so supportive of me. I remember meeting MLL All-Star Chazz Woodson at one of our practices back then and I was hooked on lacrosse ever since.
What is Your Favorite Memory From Your High School Career?
|The feeling when the final whistle blew in state championship game last spring was incredible. I was a transfer-in last year to St. Andrews and had helped my team win the schools 3rd consecutive state title. It was amazing.
What is Your Stick Brand? And Why?
|String King Mark 2F soft head (no shooters), with an STX SC-TI shaft. The head has just the right amount of flex for FO’s without being too rubbery or too stiff. Metal combo shafts are ideal for FO’s because they are stronger than carbon composite shafts and can hold up better to the stress we apply to them at the X.
Which Lacrosse Player Do You Most Want to Have a Meal With and Why?
|I would say it’s already happened! At a Face Off Factory overnight camp I got to spend time with legendary FO man Joe Nardella. He even gave me rides to and from the hotel that week so I got to get to know him on a personal level. The guy is not only one of the best to ever play my position he has a great business mind. I was lucky to have that experience.
Do You Watch College & Pro Games and What Are You Watching for to Make You a Better Player?
|I prefer college to pro when it comes to watching. The face-off rules and strategies used in the PLL don’t apply as much to high school or college, so I don’t learn much from that. I like watching teams that allow their fogo’s to stay on the field and contribute on offense, like Jake Naso from Duke, and Petey LaSalla at UVA.
What’s Your Go-To Meal After a Game?
What’s the One Thing Your Teammates Would be Surprised to Know About You?
|At my old school I founded a “Creative Writing Club” where we basically set up freestyle rap battles! It got so popular they had to limit the number of kids.
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