Broseman for 300 

Broseman for 300 

Photo courtesy of Robbie Gawrys

Kelsey Watson, Staff Writer

Lacrosse is a game of athleticism. If you mix that with hard work and determination, celebrating milestones becomes a regularity.

Seth Broseman, junior lacrosse player for North Greenville University, celebrated his 300th career faceoff win against Chowan University on Saturday, March 23.

In lacrosse, a faceoff is like a basketball jump ball. After every point scored or start of a quarter, the ball is put down in front of a player from each team. The players will line up four inches from the ball and when the whistle is blown, they try to rake the ball to get possession.

Corey Struss, North Greenville men’s lacrosse head coach, said competing in a faceoff is hard work.

“You got to be able to leverage and manipulate your body weight. It’s almost like a wrestling match in the middle of the field for about three or four seconds. If you’re lucky, you come away with the ball. That’s what you want,” he said.

Broseman collected his 300th career faceoff win while only being a junior in college, but what is more impressive is he has done this in two years.

“As a freshman, he didn’t take the majority of the reps. We had a senior at the time. So for him to do it in essentially two years, that’s pretty good. It’s really impactful,” Struss said.  

While it can become easy to celebrate, the hard work put in also must be acknowledged. Struss said that a few players, including Broseman practice this specific skill for at least half of every practice.

“This year, we’ve had a freshman come in who’s very good, and he’s been challenging me, making me better,” Broseman said.  

Broseman believes that the game is not about him — but his team.

“It means more for my team, just being able to produce for them. It’s not really about yourself whenever you’re playing lacrosse. You got to play with your team and try to be a contributor to them,” said Broseman.

Lacrosse is a team sport, and he is focused on helping in any way he can.  

“He’s a testament to the growth and maturity that we want to see in our players. We’ve seen him trending in the right direction since the day he got here two and a half years ago. It’s been really cool to see just the evolution of what a player could do from freshman to junior year. We’re hoping a lot of our guys learn from that,” Struss said. 

While Broseman has accomplished so much in such a short amount of time, his love for lacrosse started a long time ago. He played football and baseball until one person changed his life.

“In fifth grade, one of my brother’s friends introduced me to the sport and told me to go to one of these camps. After that camp, I was like, alright, I’m done playing baseball. It’s boring. I’d rather play lacrosse,” said Broseman.  

Being from Texas, there are many schools he could have chosen to continue his career at, but NGU hit home.

“I thought it was a very beautiful and nice place to be. Another person I knew was here, so that helped a lot too. Having those connections helped me get here,” he said.

Broseman was introduced to the university by a friend. When he reached out to Struss, he knew it was the place for him.

Struss said there are so many qualities Broseman has that stand out on and off the field.

“He loves to compete. He’s fiery. He takes the face-off role seriously. He sees the value and the importance of it,” said Struss.  

Broseman has learned a lot through his love for the sport. He did not want to give lacrosse up in high school and has gained much through his decision to play in college.

“It teaches you all these morals and how to be hardworking . . . It’s very demanding, and you have to figure out how to work around doing your schoolwork, so it’s made me very work-oriented,” Broseman said.

This accomplishment does not come to those who do not earn it. Hard work and a love of the game can bring players to achieve goals they never saw coming.

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