Marianne Passmore remembers she and her husband taking their son, Spencer, to Hobart College lacrosse games when he was a little boy.
Spencer is not little anymore, standing 6-foot-6. And come next season he will be playing for the Statesmen instead of cheering them on.
Passmore, a senior at Corning East High, signed a formal commitment to play for the Division I program Wednesday at Radisson Hotel Corning.
“Hobart has always been one of my favorite schools,” Passmore said at the event, which drew a couple dozen school officials, students and family friends.
And he will be coached by one his favorite players, Greg Raymond, who starred on the Corning East lacrosse team before going on Johns Hopkins and playing on the Blue Jays’ 2005 NCAA championship team.
“I always looked up to him,” Passmore said.
Marianne and John Passmore, Spencer’s parents, said their son drew interest from Division I lacrosse programs Siena, Stony Brook and Quinnipiac.
Marianne Passmore recalled how she broke her back in an accident during a trip back from a visit to Siena, which is located in the Albany area. Spencer pulled her from the car.
“That was a scary situation,” Spencer Passmore said.
Bob Streeten, who built the Corning East boys lacrosse program into a state power, coached a very young Passmore in summer leagues. John Passmore credits Streeten for helping mold his son into the player he’s become.
“He’s been on top of the food chain for pretty much his whole career,” Streeten said. “Spencer has always been a great competitor. He’s a hard-working young man.”
Passmore, a midfielder who’ll turn 18 on July 30, said there remain parts of his game he still needs to work on in his final season with the Hawks.
“Better shooting and to be a role model, be a good leader,” he said.
Chris Hogue is looking forward to helping with that. He is Corning’s head coach after serving as an assistant coach last season under Randy Holden.
“I want to prepare him to be better at Hobart,” Hogue said. “It’s not often you get to coach an athlete of Spencer’s character. He’s someone the kids can look up to literally and figuratively. Hobart should be very excited about the athlete they’re getting.”