Spotlight Athlete: Nate Sanders

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The men’s lacrosse game dropped their home opener against Vassar College 5-6, and much of the close score has been attributed to the impressive goalkeeping of Nate Sanders (’20). He made his collegiate debut with 17 saves, just one shy of landing into the record books for top 10 saves in a single game. Sanders is a Biology major on the pre-med track who also works with Dr. Connors through the RISE Seminar.

Sanders first came to Drew after Coach Leanos showed interest and after exploring further, he says that he “felt like this would be a great place to grow on and off the field.” Off the field, Sanders hopes to go on the Short TREC to South Africa over winter break in the future.

When asked about the biggest challenge about being a student athlete, Sanders noted that the 7 a.m. workouts in the off season can be especially difficult, testing his dedication to his teammates as well as to lacrosse. He did say that despite the difficulty, workouts are a challenge that push him to succeed. The team was also able to set what has been described as a “tremendous” tone for the off season, and despite a 0-1 start, Sanders believes that the team will be able to perform well in their upcoming games and end their season with a winning record.

Looking towards the future, Sanders says he would like to see his team get a run in the NCAA tournament. He feels that the program does not get the recognition it deserves and wants to make a name for the program during his time here.

Finally, when asked if he had anything to share with the Drew community, he said “Come out and be loud at our home games! Strength in numbers!”

The team is away next week on spring break in North Carolina, where they will play Pfeiffer and Greensboro. Then they will have two on the road games before their next home game on Saturday, March 25 against Landmark Conference opponent Catholic at 12 p.m.

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