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The Accidental Pied Piper

The Accidental Pied PiperRecent Tufts graduate Andy Starr may have hung up his cleats with the Jumbos, but he still can't get enough of lacrosse.

Medford/Somerville, Mass. [07.06.05] One day, Andy Starr hopes to make his mark in the close-quartered environs of the broadcast booth or the newsroom. But he’s already forged a legacy in another small space – between the pipes as the goalie for the Jumbo men's lacrosse team. Though Starr concluded his collegiate playing career with his graduation in May, his enthusiasm for the sport continues to grow as he transitions from player to coach.

"It's the best sport," Starr (A'05) told the Weston Town Crier. "It's an amazing combination of the elements of hand-eye coordination, speed and toughness."

Starr's path to guarding the net was somewhat unintentional.

"When I got to high school, we had a couple of players in goal who, well, weren't very good," Starr told the Crier. "They asked for volunteers and I volunteered. I still don't know why I did."

He went on to attend Syracuse University, where he walked onto the lacrosse team as a backup goalie. Though he didn't get a lot of playing time, he was a part of the Orangemen's 2002 Division I National Championship victory.

Starr transferred to Tufts, a Division III school, in 2003. The choice was not random.

"A lot of my family went to Tufts," he explained to the Crier. "My mom, my sister, my grandparents. I wanted to go to a Boston-area school."

While there is a distinct difference between Division I and Division III athletics, Starr praised the caliber of play displayed by his Tufts teammates.

"A handful of the guys on my team probably could play at the Division I level," he said to the Crier. "The gap between Division I and Division III is narrowing."

Starr emerged as the starting goaltender for the Jumbos early in the spring. He finished the season with a .617 save percentage and a 7.40 goals against average, earning both New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) and Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Player of the Week awards in April.

Graduation doesn't mean an end to the lacrosse lifestyle for Starr: He is headed to Colorado to become an assistant coach for the men's lacrosse club team there. With an English degree from Tufts and an interest in journalism cultivated at Syracuse, he is eyeing an eventual career in sportswriting or broadcasting.

But for now, he can relish his time as a Jumbo athlete.

"I really enjoyed my college athletic career," he told the Crier.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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