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Wednesday, August 3, 2011
St. Seb's MacAfee commits to Notre Dame


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.”