U-High’s (Spokane) Sam Polsin to play NCAA D2 lacrosse at Notre Dame de Namur University

SPOKANE, Wash. – University High School senior Sam Polsin has committed to play NCAA Division II lacrosse at Notre Dame de Namur University in the San Francisco Bay Area.


University High School’s Sam Polsin has committed to play NCAA Div. II lacrosse at Notre Dame de Namur University in California. (Photo: University High School)

Polsin, a long-stick midfielder who led Spokane’s U-High-Central Valley High School boys lacrosse team as a junior with 109 ground balls (seventh in Washington state) along with 10 points (9g, 1a), will join an Argonauts squad next fall that finished 4-8-0 during the 2013 season.  He is just the third graduate of a Spokane high school to play lacrosse at the NCAA level.

“It’s a pretty huge deal for me,” said Polsin who will have an opportunity to make an immediate impact on the Belmont, Calif. campus when he joins a Kevin Arabejo-coached Argos squad that graduates nine seniors including three defenders.

“I’ve worked really hard to get here.  It’s still a little bit of a surprise to get a scholarship and the Division II level,” said the National Honor Society member who maintains a 3.70 GPA and as a member of the Titans varsity debate team has made two trips to state and one to nationals competition in the past three years.

“I’m looking forward to getting some playing time and making an impact right away,” said Polsin who platooned last spring at LSM and defense for U-High-Central Valley.  “(The Argos) have midfielders that can play defense and long poles that can carry the ball over the midfield line.  That works well with my strengths,” he said.  “It feels pretty great to be an Argonaut.”


U-High’s Sam Polsin, (second from left) powers through a pair on Gonzga Prep players in a Washington state boys high school lacrosse game last spring in Spokane. (Photo: Sara Lesher)

Washington state high school lacrosse talent is nothing new on the Notre Dame de Namur campus. This spring three state products will make up the Argos men’s varsity roster; senior Jordan Wagner, a 2010 graduate of Bainbridge High School, freshman Curtis Yokoyama, a 2013 graduate of The Overlake School, and freshman Griffin Van Baush, who attended Anacortes High School (played for the Burlington-Edison High School lacrosse program) through his sophomore year before completing his high school career at the Sonoma Academy in Santa Rosa, Calif.

Other Washington state grads to have played lacrosse for Notre Dame de Namur include Southridge High School’s Giovanni Midili, Eastlake High School’s Gregory Bearson, Bainbridge High School’s Kevin Nguyen and Jacob Hayashi, Vashon High School’s Derek Kimbrough, Curtis High School’s Jamison Yergler and Nathan Hale High School’s Sam Strickland.

U-High-Central Valley is among four high school lacrosse teams in the greater Spokane area and eight in eastern Washington. Other Spokane schools fielding lacrosse teams include Gonzaga Prep, Lewis & Clark and Mead-Mt. Spokane High Schools.   Richland High School and Southridge High School each field teams in the Tri-Cities.  Selah High School fields a team in the Yakima area, while Wenatchee High School also fields a team.

In 2011, two Gonzaga Prep graduates became the first from Spokane to play lacrosse at the NCAA level; Micah Duncan at Birmingham Southern College in Alabama and Keenan Sullivan at Concordia University in Wisconsin.  Both are NCAA Division III schools.

For a list of student-athletes from Washington state high schools that have signed National Letters of Intent or that have made verbal commitments to play NCAA lacrosse visit 2013-14 NCAA Lacrosse Commitments from Washington State.   Last spring, a record 53 high school graduates from Washington state earned varsity lacrosse roster spots at NCAA Division I, II and III schools.

About Lacrosse in Washington State
Lacrosse has over 100 years of history in Washington state with clubs playing in the early 1900s and high schools now in their fourth decade of state competition.  With Native American origins, lacrosse is one of the oldest organized sports on the continent and today is considered the fastest growing sport in America.  In Washington state, some 4,000 student-athletes attending over 200 high schools play prep lacrosse, while another 6,000 play lacrosse at the youth, adult and collegiate club levels throughout the state.  For more information on high school lacrosse in Washington state visit http://www.WashingtonHSLAX.com.



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