LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Without playing an official game yet, the Bridgewater College men's lacrosse program will hit the national scene starting on July 25 when incoming freshman Zack Anderson takes to the pitch to compete in the 2012 Champion All-American Showcase at Disney's Wide World of Sports as part of the ESPNHS Games.
For the boys' showcase, players were selected by US Lacrosse's High School Area Chairmen, and invited after careful consultation with high school coaches in all regions across the country. The championship game will air on ESPNU on July 27 at 7 p.m.
The Dumfries, Va. native is no stranger to a high level of play after claiming the district championship at Potomac High School in the DC suburbs. Last season, Anderson netted 15 goals to go along with 18 assists as he led the Panthers to an 11-6 record while earning first team All-District honors.
"This is an exciting opportunity for me and I can't wait to get there," said Anderson on the prospect of playing on the national stage. "I really enjoy meeting and having the opportunity to play with different lacrosse players. My high school senior lacrosse season, from the start, was great and to finish up with being selected to the showcase was such a great honor."
Anderson, a member of Team Freedom, is one of just three student-athletes on his team's roster who will be headed to a Division III school for the 2012-13 academic year. The majority of the roster is filled with Division I athletes, while other rosters are littered with recruits headed to perennial powers such as Virginia, Notre Dame and defending Division I national champion Loyola.
Despite netting 15 goals on the year as a senior, Anderson will come to Bridgewater as a defender after scooping up 115 ground balls during his senior campaign.
"I am looking forward to getting to Bridgewater, settling in and meeting my new teammates. On top of that I'm also very excited to be coached by Coach (Mic) Grant and Coach (Billy) Cameron and playing for Bridgewater College," commented Anderson.
The 18-year old Anderson and his family are no strangers to Division III men's lacrosse and the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) after Anderson's cousin Matt Conners turned in a stellar career at perennial conference power Washington and Lee.
Grant and Cameron hit the recruiting trail hard during their first year on the job and Anderson is a member of the first recruiting class for the upstart Eagles program which will begin play in the spring of 2013.
"The opportunity to play with some of the finest players in the nation is an outstanding reflection of Zack's hard work and dedication during his high school lacrosse career," said Grant, who just completed his first year as the head coach of the Eagles. "It's great for Bridgewater College and the men's lacrosse program to be represented without having played a game yet, but it's even better for Zack and his family and again is a testament to his hard work on the field."
Anderson, Grant, Cameron and the rest of the Eagles will open their inaugural season of play on February 23 at home when they play host to Transylvania University.