On April 26, Charlie Caulfield officially committed to play Division II college lacrosse at Catawba College. Caulfield was surrounded by family and teammates as he signed simultaneously with Tyler Mae Stempien, girls lacrosse captian, who committed to play lacrosse at Berry College.
Following opening comments by Franklin Zirkle, men’s lacrosse head coach, Caulfield and Stempien both signed to their respective colleges. A brief photo procession followed.
Caulfield is a two-year letterman as well as co-captain of the lacrosse team. Caulfield was named the best long stick midfielder in the conference last season, and was moved to close defense this year.
The head coach only has high praise for one of the team’s best defensemen. “Charlie is smart, athletic, and has a very high lacrosse IQ. He’s our defensive general on the field and is usually tasked with guarding our opponents best attackman.He will certainly be missed. said Zirkle.
Caulfield also had an offer from Guilford College but the decision to commit to Catawba was easy. “I went there a few times, and I really liked it. The money also ended up coming through on the other end,” said Caulfield.
With college only months away, Caulfield is already determined be successful both on the field but in the classroom as well. “For one, I want to receive a good education and take advantage of my opportunities, and two, I want to start by my sophomore season,” said Caulfield.
As Caufield’s high school career draws to an end, he is grateful for the opportunities he was given at Leesville. “I just want to say thank you to my family, teammates and coaches who always pushed me to be my best and who never gave up on me,” said Caulfield.