08/29/2019 7:15 AM
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Max Drift didn't need much of an introduction to the greater Philadelphia region when defending Division III national champion Cabrini first reached out to him.
The school is a little more than an hour from his house, and it's about 20 minutes away from Saint Joseph's, where his sisters, Malia and Peyton, attend. Much like his sisters, distance from home was a major factor in choosing a school.
"I wanted to stay close," said Drift, a Leading Edge 2020 attackman and Montgomery senior. "Family's huge for me, and I don't want to be five or six hourse away where they can't come to my games."
Drift started off by weighing the pros and cons of his Division I and III interest, but when it came down to it, Cabrini's academic fit, lacrosse success and distance from home was the perfect mix, so Drift committed to being a part of the Cavaliers' future. He joins fellow Leading Edge '20s Cory and Colin Dobrosky (Hunterdon Central) in Cabrini's class, and he's the 14th Leading Edge 2020 to commit to a school. Click here for a full list of Leading Edge commits.
"Academically, Cabrini is a perfect fit for me and they just won the national championship, too, which is really cool," Drift said. "I didn't know if I wanted to go Division I or III, but I wasn't trying to go to a huge school because I don't think I'd be able to focus as much because I'd probably get a little distracted. I knew about Cabrini, but not a ton, but when the Dobroskys committed there, I really started looking into it. Going in, it'll be nice because I'm going to know someone there, and I grew up playing lacrosse with them."
In the Business of Scoring Goals and Business is Boomin'
Drift envisions majoring in something business-related, and Cabrini's business program was another feather in the Cavaliers' cap in their recruitment of the ultra-productive off-ball attackman. As a junior, he ripped home a staggering 78 goals to go with 15 assists for 93 points for Montgomery, including 15 hat tricks and eight games of five or more goals. That came after a 54-goal, seven-assist sophomore campaign, so that, coupled with his play against the elite competition that Leading Edge routinely faces, made him an appealing prospect for a Cavaliers' program that knows a thing or two about scoring goals.
A big part of that productivity is the hard work that he's put in with Leading Edge. He migrated over from another program after making the team in fifth grade, and the tangible results in his development helped confirm his decision.
"Growing up, Leading Edge was always the best team, and my dad asked me one day if I wanted to try out," Drift said. "When I made it, I made so many friends that I saw no reason to leave, especially with the great coaches. It was fun. Every weekend, you're playing the best teams. I'd rather compete and maybe lose by one than win 15-0. I also had to make big adjustments going from spring to summer, because in the spring, I was taking the most shots, but in the summer, everyone's getting their reps and you're not playing as much. It makes you have to value the ball a little more, and playing for Leading Edge really helped me understand that."
Watching that development over the years has been something to behold for Leading Edge director Chris Roy, who saw Drift reshape his game to become one of the most productive scorers in the state. There's little doubt in Roy's mind that Cabrini got itself a good one.
"Max has worked hard at crafting his game, and he really excels as a guy who can finish anything that's remotely close to him," Roy said. "There's always a premium on goal scorers at the next level, and if that's what you're good at, people are going to take notice. I think that he'll be able to make a significant impact for Cabrini and I'm thrilled that he found a school that checked off all of his boxes. I can't wait to see what he can do as a Cavalier."
There's a very good chance that it includes scoring a ton of goals.