After a spectacular four years, Faceoff Midfielder James Ball is prepared to take the next step in his lacrosse career. The Chaminade Senior, who has made clear his athletic and academic prowess, recently committed to Yale University. Following the big decision, Ball talked with LILJ’s Ryan Myers about off-season training and plans for the future. Click to read the full interview below!
Q: What have you been doing this oﬀseason to prepare for 2020?
This oﬀseason I have focused mainly on weight training, face oﬀs and playing the ﬁeld. I have been lifting with Scott Schreiber at Thrive Sports Performance. For faces, I have been working with Tom Kelly, Schommy and Greg Gurenlian. As a team, we have been working hard. We have been training with Coach Moran and the Chaminade lacrosse coaches as well as Coach Powers. Additionally, we have been playing box lacrosse for Coach Greg Micelli and the Fowler brothers. As a team, we know that wins in the spring come from work in the oﬀ season. Coach Moran consistently emphasizes the importance of hard work and leadership. I hope that focus and work ethic help us overcome a tough loss to St Anthony’s last year. That loss has been on our mind the entire oﬀ season.
Q: What made you decide to go to Chaminade?
Chaminade is a family. Chaminade encourages you to be the best person you can be academically, athletically and spiritually. Coach Moran, Coach Regan and the Chaminade coaching staﬀ consistently push us to be the best we can be. Over the past many years, the coaches have instilled very special traditions and ethics in the program. The Regs Rock game really shows everything special about our program. Please come to that game if you can this year, you will see why the program is so special.
Q: Why Yale?
Yale has both incredible lacrosse and academics. Having the opportunity to attend Yale and play for Coach Shay is fantastic. Yales’s lacrosse results speak for themselves. I know when I leave Chaminade I will be representing both the Flyers who came before me and those who will come after.
Q: What other schools were you considering?
I considered Notre Dame, Harvard, Duke and Navy.
Q: Who is the toughest kid you have gone against in High School on the faceoﬀ X?
Angelo Petrakis is the toughest kid I played in high school.