via Naples Daily News 12/30/16
Sometimes it helps to have a plan, and Michael Nathan had one all along.
The Naples native for years dreamed of playing Division 1 lacrosse for a top-tier program, and this past summer he tried out for 2016 men’s national champion North Carolina Tar Heels as a walk-on. Nathan, 20, made the team’s 2017 roster, becoming the first Southwest Florida boy’s lacrosse star to play for a traditional and elite college power.
“I didn’t want to regret not playing lacrosse at the highest level when I was 40 years old,” Nathan said.
He began working at age 14 to help defray his lacrosse expenses. As a teen, he said, he kept a list and ranked the colleges where he wanted to play lacrosse and North Carolina was No. 1 on his list.
Nathan excelled on the field, as he garnered numerous awards such as being named the Daily News top lacrosse player for two years straight, all-state and an All-American his senior year at Barron Collier High School in 2015. He also earned top marks in the classroom, a National Honor Society member who graduated summa cum laude.
Sorry for the fuzziness. Nathan is third row, 6th in from left. BTW, standing in front of him is former Lake Brantley star Tim Gehlbach.
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