In one decision, Conner Albertson decided not only where he would play lacrosse in college but also what he would do for the five years after it.
Albertson, from Gill St. Bernard S School, has committed to play at the Prestigious Air Force Academy in Colorado. “The Air Force Academy is an amazing school where I am going to learn skills and create many friendships that I couldn't get elsewhere,” Albertson said. “I am also excited to serve my country after college.”
The Hackettstown, New Jersey native won’t graduate until the Spring of 2022 but that didn’t stop the premier defender and the Honorable Mention First Team All-Klank Division for Defense to delay his college announcement.
“I love that the lacrosse team at Air Force is one big family,” he said. “The brotherhood feel of the team is unbeatable. The coaches all seem like extremely genuine guys who I will learn a lot from. I can see that the style of play is top tier and that I am very excited to step up to. I am looking forward to playing the other academy's teams. The facilities on the campus are incredible and have an amazing landscape around it.”
Before he completely sets his eyes on Air Force and being a Falcon, he has lofty goals for his last two seasons in high school. Among them is to compete for the non-public B Championship in 2021 and 2022. He has a good shot at doing that at Gill St. Bernard. Going there in the first place is what Albertson calls the toughest decision he had made up until this point.
“This was a huge decision in my life that took numerous weeks of thought. I had to leave my friends that I grew up playing with and hanging out with, to go to a new school. Not only that but I also had to give up playing football. This was huge for me because prior to Gill, I had been playing football for ten years. Giving it up wasn't going to be so easy. But after many pros and cons lists, I finally made my decision and it was to attend Gill.
It’s clear that Albertson carries maturity beyond his years, realizing the weight of the decisions he has made and will make in the future.
“I learned from this decision that even as a kid, there are times where you have to make adult decisions that look out for your future and that was exactly what I was doing, looking to the future.”
Albertson will eventually be coached by Bill Wilson at the Air Force Academy, but he still has two more years with his travel and high school coach, Byron Collins. He has coached numerous Division I athletes and has coached at the college ranks already. It will be a smooth transition for Albertson after working with a coach who has the experience and pedigree of Collins.
“I could not have been here without my club lacrosse coach and high school head coach Byron Collins,” Albertson said. “He has taught me so much about myself, the game of lacrosse, and life over the many years of knowing him.”
Albertson and the Knights will get to work in Spring of 2021.