Ross Dickerson didn’t even start playing lacrosse until he was in eighth grade.
To Dickerson, lacrosse was just a sport all of his friends played.
However, once Dickerson got started, he excelled in one specific position, becoming one of the best on the Eastern Shore.
Dickerson was a FOGO, faceoff and get off for Worcester Prep, a specific position being recruited by college teams.
Following his friends paid off, as Dickerson signed his national letter of intent to the University of Tampa in November.
“It’s tucked right into the city of Tampa, and it has a pretty great aviation program at Clearwater,” Dickerson said. “Lacrosse fit perfectly into it, and it’s the sport I love to play. It was an opportunity for me to jump on.”
The reason Dickerson was able to jump right into lacrosse was his base in gymnastics for eight years. To be a faceoff guy, a player needs a balance of speed and strength, growing at the technique of winning the ball through the playing career.
The senior defensive midfielder didn’t just step onto the field and become a quality faceoff specialist.
“It’s just something after a lot of practice, going against a lot of different opponents all across the Eastern Shore, I proved well enough to go to the University of Tampa,” he said.
One of Dickerson’s biggest rivals will be a familiar face in college. Stephen Decatur’s Dryden Brous signed his national letter of intent to Lynn University, which plays in the same conference as Tampa.
Dickerson said Brous was one of the toughest to go against, and they’ve known each other awhile. It’ll be nice to keep the rivalry going, he said.
“We’re very proud of him,” Annemarie Dickerson said. “This is exciting – one of his greatest competitors locally, Dryden Brous, who will be going to Lynn, which is in his division.”
Being a gymnast certainly was not the traditional route to becoming a lacrosse player.
But Dickerson’s journey to college hasn’t been either.
The Worcester Prep senior wants to major in aviation, which slims down the college choices.
But with Tampa, Dickerson said he found the right university feel with flying availability. If all goes well, Dickerson will have his pilot license by the end of the year.
His interest in aviation sparked from his father’s side of the family.
Two uncles and two cousins currently fly, Jim Dickerson said.
“One of the exciting things is Ross will be a freshman when his cousin is a senior at Jacksonville, and hopefully they’ll be able to be flying back and forth with each other and getting hours (in the air),” Annemarie Dickerson said.
It’s taken a lot of dedication to work on a license. It’s not the same as going to the Motor Vehicle Administration.
Then again, being a gymnast and then a faceoff specialist isn’t the easiest either.
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