Staats speaks

CuseNation.com caught up with attackman Randy Staats and chit-chatted about where he stands as far as getting up to Syracuse this spring inside.

Onondaga Community College transfer Randy Staats will have to wait just a little bit longer -- spring semester to be exact -- when it comes to joining his Syracuse lacrosse teammates.

"Yeah, I'm on pace (to join Syracuse)," Staats said, "all my classes should transfer. I met with my advisor up at Syracuse and she said it looks good. I just need to get above a C or better-- which shouldn't be hard to do. I've just been grinding it out right now."

"It's just really up to me right now. I just have to pass my classes and I'm there is pretty much what it comes down to."

Despite being up at Onondaga, the color Orange is all that Staats sees.

"That's all I've been thinking about," he said "It's been one of my all-time dreams to go up there and play for Syracuse. I've been working pretty hard to get up there."

He continues, "I work out everyday after classes. I always have a stick in my hand, I'm always doing something. I'm still up at OCC so I'll go out to their lacrosse practices and shoot the ball."

A few weekends back, Staats got to go up against his future team in a four-way scrimmage up at SUNY Cortland. The attackman impressed, contributing two goals and one assist in a loss to the Orange.

"It was good," he said. "I know some of the guys. They all know I should be coming in the spring. It was a good atmosphere and it was fun to play against them. I wanted to play well against them obviously and kind of show them what I have right now instead of in the spring. I thought I played pretty well. The coaches said I played well, too."

When asked about whether or not he would make the switch from attack to midfield the transfer said that the coaching staff "hinted" towards a possible position change.

"They really haven't said anything that's set in stone," he said. "They kind of hinted towards playing midfield, but that doesn't bother me."

While Staats has numerous things that he is looking forward to, one thing in particular stands out:

"I'm really looking forward to the intensity. Just playing Division I lacrosse and being at Syracuse is pretty exciting."

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