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Bridgewater College is an independent, private liberal arts college founded in 1880. Located only two hours southwest of the Washington, D.C. metro area, Bridgewater has a total enrollment of more than 1800 students representing 24 states and five countries. Bridgewater admitted women from the time of its founding and was the first private liberal arts college in Virginia to do so.
Bridgewater offers bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degrees in more than 60 majors and minors, along with multiple concentrations, pre-professional programs such as medicine and law, dual degree programs and teacher certification. The College is a member of NCAA Division III and the Old Dominion Athletic Conference, with 24 intercollegiate athletic teams. The vibrant 300-acre residential campus includes an equestrian center and is located in the town of Bridgewater, Virginia, near the city of Harrisonburg in the center of the Shenandoah Valley. An excellent school system, healthy business environment, numerous arts and cultural events, the state's lowest crime rate, and a variety of outdoor opportunities and historic attractions draw many to the region.
Bridgewater College is recognized for its student-centered atmosphere and has been named "One of the Best Virginia Colleges and Universities in the Southeast," by The Princeton Review.
Head Coach Mic Grant on Recruiting (via ConnectLAX):
What advice do you have for players interested in Division III schools?
"Don't be misled by the fact that it's Division III. There's a lot of high quality players that play at the Division III level, certainly so at Bridgewater and our conference- the ODAC (Old Dominion Athletic Conference). Don't be turned off by the Division III label, make sure you look at the school, look at the conference and make sure it has the right academics for you and see if you can jump in and make an immediate impact on the team."
What is the best way for players to get on your recruiting radar?
"The best way is to reach out to us whether it be through call or email. We always appreciate it when potential recruits ask about the school and let us know what tournaments they're attending throughout the year. A link to a highlight clip or game footage is always helpful as well. Just initiate the contact as once we get an email or call, we always follow up and try to do our best to see players throughout the year."
What importance do you place on a highlight tape?
"The highlight tape is a great icebreaker but we don't put a lot of emphasis on it. We tell our recruits at Bridgewater to send us your game film against one of your better opponents so that we can see all aspects of the game. Through this, we can then see riding, clearing, hustling, basically all the components of a game that can help us learn about the player."
What type of players do you primarily look for, a raw athlete or refined lacrosse player?
"We look for the well-rounded player as our initial look in recruiting is for players who are Division I caliber players who maybe don't want the overwhelming task of being as Division I player. We look for someone who wants to get a good education, compete at the highest Division III level, wants to have a college life, wants to study abroad or might want to establish connections and work internships. Good character is vital as how hard players work off the field is equally if not more important than how hard they work on the field."
What areas of player development would you recommend players focus on to elevate their game?
"I would say fundamentals. We've gotten away from kids being fundamentally sound with all these new recruiting camps and things like that. Kids are constantly trying to do things outside of their abilities without sticking to the basics. On offense I'd say that players should really focus on being a multi-threat with both hands, while on defense players should focus on having really good feet. Also, any goalie should be a great communicator first and foremost. Really focus on the fundamentals and make sure they're as sharp as they can be by the time you hit college as they certainly will get more refined during college. There are so many good teams and good programs out there that the window for an incoming player isn't as great as some kids believe at times, and having quality fundamentals can really set a player apart."
What is special about playing at Bridgewater College?
"You get to play at one of the premier conferences in Division III and play against Top-20 teams weekly usually. At Bridgewater we're an athletic school, as one-third of the student body are varsity athletes and we take a lot of pride in athletics and facilities. We look to provide the best possible experience in the course of four years for all students.
Are there any last pieces of advice for players and families you'd like to share?
"Don't be afraid to look at Division III schools where you can make an impact. Look at a school where you can get a great education and be an impact player and really enjoy your experience."