Recruiting Tips from Instructor Demetre Lyras

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Coming into the game a little late, Demetre began playing lacrosse his freshman year of high school. Continuing his career in college, Demetre gained the title of Player of the Year, First Team All-Conference, and Statistical National Champion by the NCAA with the highest winning face-off percentage in Division 3. Today he continues to coach recreational teams in the summer and fall, believing that hard work and dedication are the key ingredients that got him to where he is today. Check out what Demetre has to say about his recruiting experience.

Where did you play college lacrosse and why did you choose that program?
I played college lacrosse at Mitchell College. I chose this school because it was a newer lacrosse program and wanted to try to help any way i can to make a difference to make the program succeed.

What other colleges did you consider and what was the determining factor in your decision?
Other schools I looked into was Eastern Connecticut State University, Western New England University, Stony Brook University, and Mitchell College. The determining factor in picking Mitchell College had to of been the size of the school and having the opportunity to have a better one on one relationship with the teachers I had and lacrosse was a plus of course.

Did you have any positive or negative surprises about the program once you were on campus? 
I had more positive surprises when I joined the program and got to campus, the program was ran in a positive manner and the other teammates become more of my brothers then friends.

How did being a collegiate student-athlete shape your college experience?
Being a collegiate athlete was an honor, it helped shape my college experience by having me get myself better on the field and off. I was able to pursue my education and get good grades while having the privilege to play lacrosse, but being a student-athlete you are held more accountable for things and have more responsibility which for sure helped me grow as a person in life.

Given your recruiting experience, what advice or tips do you have for current recruits? 
Having my recruiting experience I will say, I applied and worked hard in high school to get the grades and by practicing on my own time to better myself on the field. My advice to current recruits is get your name out there and do not stop chasing your goal, if you want to get to the next level and play. Its all about how hard you wanna work in school and on the field to achieve that goal. also to remember your a Student-Athlete, Student first Athlete second.

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