Casey DuBois is one of the dominant goalies in the Baltimore-metro area. Last season, he allowed 4.2 goals per game and was named a US Lacrosse All-American. DuBois has been dominant again this season, once again allowing less than five goals per game. He has committed to Army West Point.
What made you want to play goalie? What are the biggest challenges with playing that position?
Casey DuBois: I always wanted to play goalie ever since I started playing lacrosse. One game when my rec team didn't have a goalie, I volunteered. Ever since then, I fell in love with the position. The biggest challenge for me is definitely keeping my attitude and mental game in check. It took me a while as a kid to be able to get scored on and shake it off. I feel like now I am very composed, but it has been difficult to stay calm, being as competitive as I am. I hate being scored on.
How did you prepare for the upcoming season? Did you do anything differently as far as strength training or running?
CD: I did a lot to prepare for the season. I went to Axis Sports Performance three times a week in the fall and winter. I really focused on becoming more of an athlete in the goal this time around. I also have worked with multiple goalie coaches who I owe all the credit to for making me the goalie I am. John Weston has worked with me for over eight years now. He's taught me just about everything I know. Brian Phipps has also been a huge help and a mentor to me along the way. Lastly, when my goalie coaches aren't available, me and my dad go out and work on refining my technique in the goal.
What are your goals for the upcoming season? Have you taken on more of a leadership role?
CD: My biggest goal is to win a state championship. Although player of the year, All-American and All-Metro have been on my mind, my team and I are really determined to be one of the few teams who end the year with a win.
I feel like I take a big leadership role on the team. Along with myself, we have 17 other seniors on the team who back me. I think the biggest leadership on our team has come from my defense. They are absolutely phenomenal. I have so much trust in Matt Leone, Shahin Manasterli, Peter Karmilowicz and Bryce Brookhart. They are so good and knowledgeable on the defensive end that it makes my job so much easier. If it weren't for those guys, our team wouldn't be in sync.
Have you set any career goals or areas of study?
CD: Yes. Right now, I plan to go to Army West Point to continue my academic and athletic career. I do have to do a year at the prep school, but I think that I have a good opportunity to make an impact on the program in the future. Academically, I am extremely excited to be able to have the opportunity to attend such a prestigious institution. Although I am not completely sure what I want to do, I am thinking about going into law or cyber security when I finish serving our country.
How do you effectively balance academics and athletics as far as time management?
CD: I would say it's sometimes difficult to do. I try to find time and make a plan to when I am going to get everything done, but, of course, academics always come first. I try to get my work done efficiently enough to where I have the time to go out and get extra work in the net, or even go hang out with friends and take a break from lacrosse.