Thomas Courtney Commits to Christopher Newport University


Name: Thomas Courtney
Position: Defense
Grad Year: 2014
Club Team: FCA Team Gold Elite

We were able to catch up with, recently, and here is what he had to say:

Where and when did you first begin playing lacrosse?

I first started playing in fourth grade in my towns rec league. Lacrosse is really popular where i am from so because all of my friends signed up I did as well.

Why did you choose to attend your college?

I ultimately chose CNU because it was close enough to home but also gave me distance from my family. It is one of the best schools in the south, and I have the chance to play division three lacrosse which I feel suits me best. By playing division three, I am able to experience the lifestyle of college while still being able to play the game that I love.

What are you looking forward to most at the next level?

I’m looking forward to playing against some of the best competition. CNU plays Washington and Lee every year and this past year beat Salisbury; both teams usually are in the top five for division three every year.

What are your future goals beyond college lacrosse?

I want to study finance at CNU and hopefully go to either graduate school or law school afterwards.

Can you provide some insight into your experience with FCA, when did you join the program? How did you hear about the program? What was one of your favorite memories?

I played in my first tournament with FCA going into my Junior year. I heard about it just from going to lacrosse tournaments and it sounded like something I was interested in. My favorite memories with FCA is just hanging out with my teammates at either training camp or during tournaments. Although most of the guys live very far away from me, I know we will still have a tight bond for a very long time.

What advice do you have for any future FCA players about the recruitment process?

Never feel that you are being too pushy with a coach. Call them all the time, let them know exactly what you are doing at all times throughout the day. Film is also vital. You have to make sure you have full game tape though, because a highlight real basically does nothing for them. Make sure you attend the right camps and tournaments also. Don’t just show up to a tournament thinking you will get recruited. Let all the colleges know where you are and hopefully they will be able to see you play live

What tournaments did you participate in with FCA? (List all)

Stowe 2013

Harvard Fall 2013

Albany Power Fall 2013

Westchester 2014

Lehigh Laxfest 2014

Syracuse Shootout 2014

Albany Power 2014

Old Fort Niagara 2014

What is your greatest strength as a lacrosse player?  What is one part of your game you are focusing on getting better at before attending CNU?

I would say my greatest strength is my passing and catching, ground ball play and my ability to throw checks. I want to work on my team defense, footwork and overall lacrosse IQ to get ready for college lacrosse.

What is your favorite tailgate food?


What other lacrosse clubs have you played for over the years?

I played for Warrior Pride, my towns club team ever since I started playing lacrosse.

Feel free to include any shout-outs, special thanks.

I would just like to thank all the coaches that have helped me get to this point. I really appreciate all the time you put in for making me the player and more importantly person that I am today. I would also want to thank my teammates and I hope to catch up with them again soon!

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