Steamboat Springs It didn’t take long for Jasper Gantick to get adjusted to lacrosse at the next level.
The 2009 graduate of Steamboat Springs High School realized pretty early what it took to play at Monroe Community College in Rochester, N.Y.
“It’s definitely a different commitment level,” Gantick said. “You don’t have as much time to do anything. You can’t play football or go skiing whenever you want. Other than that, I really liked it.”
Gantick made the move east after graduation and in time for fall ball when teams scrimmage one another. Gantick was on the verge of getting playing time in the fall before a concussion derailed him.
He started play as a long stick midfielder but was moved to a long stick defender in time for the spring.
He helped Monroe to a 17-3 record. The team lost in the Region III finals to Onondaga Community College. Monroe finished the season ranked fifth in the nation in the National Junior College Athletic Association.
Gantick started four games for the Tribunes and saw significant action throughout the season.
“I really didn’t feel any lag when I got here,” Gantick said. “I felt I was pretty good competition-wise. It’s the speed. The speed is insane. It’s the same game; it’s just on a different level. You have to make decisions faster.”
Monroe is one of the top junior college programs in the nation, sending multiple players to the Division I and III levels each year.
Gantick plans to return to Steamboat for the summer, where he’ll work, play lacrosse with the Steamboat men’s team and continue to work out. He said he hopes to earn a starting spot at Monroe next season. Monroe returns several starters and a couple recruits on defense.
At the conclusion of next season, Gantick said he will look to transfer from Monroe to a bigger program. With the growth of lacrosse nationwide, that could include a number of Division I schools that are adding lacrosse programs.
“I’m not really sure where I’m looking at,” he said. “A lot of schools are getting Division I programs. I’m keeping my options open at this point.”
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