Two paths and one destination later, Sam Cleveland (Arlington, Mass.) and Joe Delaney (Winchester, Mass.) are a part of one of the most surprising offenses in college lacrosse.
Cleveland, a star at The Rivers School, grew up as one of the most dynamic players in the state. After a tremendous freshman year at Colgate, the midfielder has learned how to be a playmaker, quarterbacking the offense.
"It's becoming faster and being able to react to defenses," said Cleveland. "I want to pick up on what they're doing to us to adjust to the game. You have to do that not only to score but to get open for shots."
Delaney, meanwhile, has also had a bit of a chance. After playing attack his whole life, the Belmont Hill alum made the switch to transition, and it's paid off big time for a Raiders squad scoring more than 20 goals per game.