Discipline, physicality and good hands. What else would you want in a lacrosse forward? Jeremy Boltus has shown plenty of all three in his field lax career. The first two were prerequisites to be a student-athlete at Army, while the hands were what allowed him to be an All-American attacker and Rookie of the Year in Major League Lacrosse. Now Boltus is hoping his skill set will allow him to make a splash in the the box game as he enters next week’s National Lacrosse League Entry Draft. Plenty of talented field players have had trouble adapting to the indoor version of the sport, so Boltus isn’t expecting to be picked ahead of guys who have established themselves in Canadian arenas. He does, however, think he can make an impact.
Helping his transition, he says, will be having played with so many good box players as a member of MLL’s Hamilton Nationals. What he’s too humble to mention is that he scored more goals than any of them this summer: Joe Walters, Jordan Hall, Kevin Crowley and even Cody Jamieson.
For now, Boltus is enjoying his time as an athletic intern at West Point, where he is helping with the lacrosse program and coaching offense for the military prep school that has just opened near the academy. In April he will go to Oklahoma for his Army field artillery training. He says he is excited to add playing in the NLL to his schedule. If that sounds like it might be a bit much, Boltus points out that his military responsibilities are generally on weekdays and the Army has been good about letting him travel on weekends to play. And why not? Professional athletes are great recruiting tools for the armed forces, and Boltus certainly sets a good example for future cadets.
From: Syracuse, NY
Junior/Box experience: 2-3 years
What do you feel your greatest asset is that would allow you to translate your game to the NLL?
Greatest asset would probably be my versatility when it comes to being able to find an open guy but also being able to finish the opportunities when I have the chance to score.
One word to describe your game?
What role/position do you see yourself playing in the NLL?
I feel like i can see myself playing any type of offensive position whether it would be a feeding role or scoring some goals. Whatever I can do to help my team out to win works for me.
What current or former NLLer would you most closely compare or model your game after?
I would try and model my game after Jordan Hall because spending the past summer with him and learning from his advice has made me more prepared for what I am going to see during indoor play.
Your greatest accomplishment during your lacrosse career?
My greatest accomplishment during my lacrosse career was being named a First Team All-American Attackman this year because there are so many great players out there today on a variety of different teams.
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