(Photo Courtesy of Downington West Lacrosse)
On Monday, Ben DeLuca and the Delaware Blue Hens landed a commitment in the 2022 class, as Downington West, Pa., faceoff man Michael Straub verbaled to the Blue Hens.
The Keystone State native is the fifth commitment in the class for Delaware and the first at the faceoff position.
“The biggest things about Delaware for me was how honest and open the coaching staff was with me,” Straub told Lacrosse Bucket. “Also, the fact that Coach (Trey) Wilkes was a faceoff guy and has great knowledge on the position was a big draw.”
Delaware initially reached out to Straub in early December. While in-person recruiting and visits are still off the table due to the recruiting dead period implemented by the NCAA, Straub was able to get to Newark for a visit on his own last weekend. He mentioned that he has also taken a virtual tour, as many recruits have had to do this cycle.
On film, Straub appears to have translated well to the new Standing Neutral Grip (SNG) rules. He is not only strong at winning the clamp and get clean, offensive exits but he cans also do some damage on the offensive end. The 6-foot-1, 185-pound junior came onto the high school scene strong as a freshman in 2019, going 201-for-308 (65%) at the dot. He also scooped up 60 ground balls, dished out six assists, and notched one goal during his freshman season.
Straub said that he really wants to focus on improving his overall fitness for the game and getting better as a field player. “Some areas I would like improve on individually are continuing to get bigger, stronger, and faster, and growing my skills as a field player.”
Coming into his junior season, Straub looks to help lead his team to the state playoffs for the first time in quite sometime, as well as rack up some person accolades such as being an All-League selection.