ESPN RISE lacrosse editor Mike Loveday is reporting that St. Sebastian's midfielder Dalton MacAfee has verbally committed to Notre Dame for the 2013-14 season.
MacAfee, an incoming junior, won 64 percent of his face offs and had 16 assists and 11 goals last season. He is the second incoming junior from the Needham-based prep school to commit to the Fighting Irish in the last week, joining defender Pat Healy.
Loveday has more on MacAfee's commitment here, partially excerpted below:
ESPN RISE: What other school’s did you consider?
Dalton MacAfee: “Other Schools I considered were Johns Hopkins, Maryland, Virginia and Cornell.”
ER: What made Notre Dame such an attractive choice?
DM: “Notre Dame is such an attractive choice because I feel as though you get the best of everything. Whether it be going to watch football games along with 80,000 other screaming fans, or going to the grotto and lighting a candle to say a prayer, or playing Syracuse in front of a packed house, Notre Dame just gives you the total college experience.”
ER: What surprised you about the recruiting process?
DM: “What really surprised me about the recruiting process was how truly difficult it is to make your final decision. Before the process actually began I always thought that making a choice would be easy, however I never realized that I would have to make a decision not solely based on lacrosse. The coaches I got to know and established relationships with were unbelievable coaches but more importantly, they are men of high character and great role models.”
ER: What one piece of advice would you give to other players who are just starting on the recruiting process?
DM: “One piece of advice I would give to players just starting the recruiting process would be to keep an open mind and to weigh all of your options. As a great man once told me, "The easiest decision may not always be the best decision".”
ER: Is there anything about the recruiting process that you think could change that would have made it easier or less stressful for you?
DM: “If there is one thing I could have changed about the process, it would have been that only one of my dream schools showed interest in me ... not both of them.”