He may not be in Orange until the 2016 season, but Syracuse lacrosse fans are plenty excited about local product Bradley Voigt, who starred for Penn Yan before heading off for a postgraduate year at the Salisbury School in Connecticut. We had a chance to do a little Q&A with the Under Armour All-American, who put up massive numbers his senior season at Penn Yan with 73 goals and 52 assists.
The 6-foot-1, 175 pound attackman finished his career at Penn Yan as the school’s all-time leading scorer and has gained a reputation for not just being a lethal finisher, but also for his outstanding stick handling skills.
OG: What was the biggest selling point in choosing SU? Did you feel any pressure as a local kid to stay home and play for SU?
BV: I didn’t feel any pressure at all. It’s where I have wanted to go my entire life, it has been a dream of mine for awhile and I’m almost there.
OG: What other schools were you looking at?
BV: I was looking at Hobart, Albany and Loyola (Md.).
OG: How did you feel about being named an UA All-American?
BV: Being named an UA All-American was one of my greatest accomplishments. I was proud to represent my Penn Yan and Section V. I remember watching that game every summer and always wanting to be a part of it.
OG: What are the reasons behind the prep year? Did you consider simply redshirting next year, versus doing a prep year? Any chance your recruitment could reopen?
BV: I took a prep year simply because of grades. My grades were not where they needed to be and I don’t think I was ready for college. This year is probably the best choice I could have made. My recruitment could reopen but I don’t plan on changing my mind about Syracuse.
OG: What are your thoughts on playing for a legendary coach like for John Desko?
BV: I am very excited to play for such a great coach, Coach Desko is one of the best out there. I’m excited to not only be coached by him but all of the coaching staff.
OG: Do you know any players currently on the roster or committed to Syracuse that you are looking forward to playing with?
BV: I actually know a good amount of players on the team and I know some that are now in my class. There’re a lot of players I’m looking forward to playing with, but specifically I would say Derek Dejoe, Jordan Evans and Nick Weston.
OG: Are you open to playing middie if needed to start your career, or do you want to stay strictly at attack?
BV: I will play any position that the coaches want me too. If that’s only man-up for the first year or two I am fine with that. There’s a lot of talent ahead of me.
OG: What are your thoughts on playing in the ACC? Any specific opponent you are most looking forward to playing?
BV: Playing in the ACC will be insane. So many competitors and it’s the best lacrosse in the country. I look forward to playing Duke and Virginia.
OG: Who were some of your lacrosse idols growing up?
BV: My biggest lacrosse idols growing up were my cousins Brett and Brice Queener and Mike Manley. Those three had a huge impact on how I looked at the game, especially at such a young age.
Bradley will be looking to join the Orange next season, and even though there’s plenty of talent already on the roster, with his knack for scoring and ability to handle the stick, he certainly has the tools to become a star early in his Syracuse career.