Michael Small ’14 USA STARZ Interview:
Men’s lacrosse captain and president, Michael Small, was recently selected to play on the USA Starz international tournament team for the European trip to Germany and Amsterdam. The majority of the team members come from the west coast with Michael included in this count being from San Diego, but the application is open to any American lacrosse player between the ages of 18 and 25 who plays at the club lacrosse level up through NCA division 1. Comprised of only 22 players from across America, the USA Starz is an incredibly elite team, and acceptance onto it is a great honor both to Michael Small as well as to St. Edwards University.
The application process was a rigorous one, as only a maximum of 22 players could be accepted onto the team. After submitting his basic biographical and contact information, Michael had to provide all of his player stats, offices and honors achieved during his collegiate career. With the resume he has compiled, including earning honorable mention All-American honors from the MCLA, first team all LSA in 2012, the office of club lacrosse president as well as both midfield and speaking captain two years in a row, the reasoning behind his acceptance on to the team is obvious.
The European trip consists of a roundtrip flight, transportation from Germany to Amsterdam and to the competitions, tours around Berlin and Amsterdam, hotel stay for their time in Europe, 3 team dinners and most breakfast meals. The only cost Michael will have to pay is the $2000 dollars for all the custom USA Starz equipment; the rest is being paid for for him.
This trip is a huge opportunity for him, and will greatly enhance his resume for future endeavors both in and out of the sport. Michael mentioned an interest in going on to work for the Adrenaline Lacrosse after graduation. Adrenaline Lacrosse is a company that promotes and facilitates club lacrosse teams at both the middle and high school levels. Campus recreation head, Andy Lemons, mentioned that Michael considered continuing on to law school after graduation, and that he has already secured an internship in the District Attorney’s office this semester. Lemons “I don’t know if Michael has a future in lacrosse [in mind] but I do know that his experience serving as a Club President will serve him well as he plans to attend law school when he’s done at SEU.” Whether he chooses a future as a lawyer, or as a member of the Adrenaline Lacrosse company, Michael plans on continuing to play lacrosse for as long as he is able.