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Team 91 Texas '22 Evan Sharp Commits to Jacksonville
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Team 91 Texas '22 Evan Sharp Commits to Jacksonville

Team 91 Texas '22 goalie Evan Sharp Commits to Jacksonville

Part of the perks to growing up in Texas is that you never have to worry about some of the weather that plagues the Northern part of the country. 

So when a couple of Northern schools reached out to Team 91 Texas 2022 and Ridge Point goalie on Sept. 1, the first day that non-service academy schools could contact the class of 2022, it marked a stark contrast from one school in particular: Jacksonville

"The Jacksonville campus is beautiful. It's right on the beach with great weather," Sharp said. "I don't know if I would have adjusted well to the cold weather elsewhere." 

It wasn't just the weather that helped Sharp focus on the Dolphins, either. Jacksonville coach John Galloway is a goaltending legend from his time at Syracuse and his professional career in both the MLL and PLL. More importantly, though, Sharp felt comfortable right away with what he already knew about the program there. 

"I really connected with the staff and I loved everything about the team and culture," Sharp said. "Everyone had each other's backs and I liked that they had that kind of support system. I did an unofficial visit on my own last week and loved the campus. I knew that if they offered me, I'd be ready to commit." 

That offer materialized quickly, and so did Sharp's commitment to become a Dolphin. He's the first player in Team 91 Texas history to commit to a Division I school and is the first '22 to commit. 

"It was a lot of stress off of my shoulders and Jacksonville made my decision really easy," Sharp said. "I'm just happy that my hard work really paid off for me. Coach Galloway being a goalie definitely had a big impact on me, too. He's a very accomplished goalie and to get his guidance and experience will really help my game." 

At 6-1, 230 pounds, Sharp has prototypical size for the position, but he also has the reflexes and footwork of a smaller, quicker goalie. It's the best of both worlds in the cage and his talent has been obvious for some time now. Blessed with that frame and his skill set, he knew that he could play Division I lacrosse from a relatively early age. That was confirmed for him when he started playing with the Ridge Point varsity in eighth grade. 

"I knew that if I put my mind to it and put in the work, I could play at the Division I level," Sharp said. "I think that my two biggest assets are my size and hand speed. I can use my size to force easier shots, but also sit back and use my quick hands to take the ball away." 

Joining Team 91 also played a significant role in his ascent to a Division I goalie, too. Sharp worked tirelessly and faced exceptional competition along the way, putting him in a position to be successful. He vaulted himself onto a lot of people's radars with a standout performance at the vaunted NLF at IMG event in January, and his continued work made him someone that could be relied upon in any situation for 91. 

"Evan is one of the hardest-working kids that I know," Team 91 Texas and Ridge Point coach Ed Torriero said. "He's the perfect example of how good things happen when you lead by example and work at your craft. We are beyond proud of him, not only for his accomplishment but for showing kids around here that you can reach the highest level if you put in the time to get better. Coach Galloway knows goalies, so it's not a surprise that he targeted Evan and aggressively pursued him to get him to be a Dolphin. Jacksonville is getting a great player and an even better young man."

The feeling is mutual, too. Sharp knows that he's now the standard bearer for Team 91 Texas players, particularly as a Texas born-and-bred player. 

"I joined Team 91 the summer after my eighth grade year and it's been a great experience," Sharp said. "I've gotten a lot of great opportunities and support from the organization. Coach Ed has been a big part of my development. He's taken my lacrosse IQ and all-around skills to the next level. He shows people what it's like to play in college. I feel like I've also had to do a lot of extra, which has been a big motivator for me. I wanted to show people that they didn't have to be from a traditional hotbed to get to the next level." 

Consider it handled. 

by posted 09/18/2020

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Callan Campbell is a 2022 Lacrosse Defenseman and college recruit from Houston, Texas and plays with Team 91 Texas, Igloo Elite 80, Warrior All-America, 3D Select, East Coast Invitational, NLF.