It’s not that often that a 5-foot-9, 150-pound attackman gets recruited to a top 20 school in any division. Never mind a crease attackman that doesn’t carry that ball that much.
But Peter Burnes (Natick, Mass.) was recruited to Division 3 Union after a career at Rivers where he was doing just that. Finishing passes to the interior and the wings from players that were being pursued by D-1 programs is the ultimate form of dirty work for any attackman.
“To be honest with you, we recruited Peter Burnes as a crease attackman and we ended up getting a lot more than that,” said Union head coach Derek Witheford. “Really, it was just his finishing ability that stuck out for us.
"His IQ, how he was able to find spots off ball, and he could finish at a great rate. So, we were kind of in the middle of changing our offense, where we wanted a crease attackman, and we thought he fit our new style very well. It really just started out as (him) being a great finisher.”