Mount St. Joseph's Griffin Corbett was a starting midfielder for the Gaels as a sophomore and will look to lead the team on the offensive end as a junior for head coach Stephen Berger in 2017. During the summer, he played in the Under Armour Underclass Tournament; he has also been named to several all-star teams and plays club ball for the Baltimore Breakers. Corbett has committed to Jacksonville University.
How much did playing in the Under Armour tournament help you improve as a player?
Griffin Corbett: The Under Armour game was a really good opportunity for me to showcase my talent in front of coaches. I believe it helped me to improve as a player because I was playing with people I've never played with before, so I had to learn to adapt and mesh with different playing styles. This allows me to be more versatile when put into different in-game scenarios with my regular teams.
How much club ball do you play in the offseason? Do you play any other sports?
GC: I play in four or five tournaments every summer with my Breakers team. It's a good time, getting together with top-level players from all over and just going out and playing lacrosse.
I try to stay as active as possible and play other sports while training for lacrosse. I played soccer my freshman and sophomore years at Mount St. Joseph, and I play rec basketball. I also enjoy snowboarding and skateboarding any time I'm not playing lacrosse.
How challenging is it playing in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association?
GC: It is definitely a challenge. The MIAA is probably the toughest league in the country. There is a lot of great players in the league, and that raises the level of play by a lot. The main difference between the out-of-conference games we play and the MIAA games is the physicality, by far. During those conference games, the hits get bigger, everyone is scrappy, and everyone is just so much more hyped up to be there.
What strategies do you use to manage your time with sports and academics?
GC: Balancing sports and academics is always a hard task, because at the level of lacrosse I am at now, I'm playing six out of seven days of the week and getting home around 6:30 or 7 [p.m.] during the week. But I try to plan out time during my evenings, or even during the school day when I have a free period, that I can work to get schoolwork done. Coach Berger also makes us go to study hall on days when we have late practices, which are really beneficial to getting schoolwork done.
What went into your decision to commit to Jacksonville University?
GC: I spent a lot of time looking for a school that I thought really fit me. I visited a number of schools before visiting Jacksonville, and once I visited Jacksonville, I knew that I wanted to go there. I got to go down and meet the players and coaches, and everyone was awesome. I really enjoyed the energy that everyone produced when they were on the field practicing. Also, the new coaching staff is amazing. It also didn't hurt that it was 15 minutes from the beach. But, sitting down with coaches [John] Galloway, [Casey] Powell and [Ryan] Liebel and listening to the plans that they have and their vision for the future of JU, I knew I wanted to be a part of that program. My parents wanted me to keep my options open for a little while and visit some other schools that I had been talking to before making my decision, but I knew that I was going to go to JU.