The class of 2022 has an extremely talented group of players and Garden City’s Brendan Staub is certainly one of them. On the defensive side of the ball, he will play a huge role in the Trojan’s success in the 2021 season. He is a lockdown defender, making life extremely difficult for the offensive opposition. As coaches get the green light to begin recruiting, Staub is currently going through that process where he will soon decide where he will be suiting up in college. As a multi sport athlete, Staub excels just as much on the football field as he does on the lacrosse field, but will be focused solely on improving his game on the lacrosse field at the collegiate level. With Garden City being a perennial powerhouse in Nassau County, Staub has very high hopes for his team in 2021. Read more about Staub down below where he talks about his love for both football and lacrosse, as well as who has helped him get to this point in this recent interview with the LILJ!
Q. How is the recruiting process going so far?
A.The recruiting process has been going well for me. It has been hectic at times, but the support of my family and coaches has helped me manage the situation.
Q. As a multi sport athlete, are you looking to play both football and lacrosse in college?
A. I love playing football, and it has taught me lessons that will stick with me forever, namely discipline and teamwork. Additionally, football has helped me better myself as an athlete, as many skills I’ve honed through football have made me a better lacrosse player. However, in college, I’m just going to focus on being the best lacrosse player and teammate I can be.
Q. What would you say is your best attribute you bring to the lacrosse field?
A. I believe that my best attribute is versatility. I will always do whatever will help my team win, whether that means covering an attack man behind, taking a wing on a face-off, or communicating through a slide with my teammates.
Q. Is there anything in particular that you’ve worked on throughout the summer to improve your game?
A. When everything shut down in March, and all team practices and workouts could not happen, I decided to keep working on my own throughout the season. Whether it was stick work in the backyard, field workouts, lifts at home, or watching film, I tried to come out of the quarantine better than I went into it, and I feel like that made a difference during this summer.
Q. Who are some of the people that have helped you get to where you are today?
A. A great number people have helped me get to where I am today. First and foremost, my parents have guided me at every step of the way, pushing me when I needed it, and supporting me when I failed. Secondly, my coaches have all been extremely influential in my lacrosse career and in my life: Coach Finnell and Coach Etinger from Garden City, and Mike and Corey Winkoff and Coach Dunne from FLG. I’d be no where close to the person or lacrosse player I am today without these people, and I am extremely fortunate to have them all in my life.
Q. How do you feel about Garden City’s team heading into the 2021 season?
A. I am confident in our team coming into the 2021 season. There is a strong tradition at Garden City, and we have coaches that we completely trust to prepare us to be competitive in every game we play.