On today’s Lax Goalie Rat Podcast episode, I sit down to chat with Robert Morris goalie Nate Randall.
Nate is coming off his freshman season at Robert Morris this past year.
Heading into the season Randall wasn’t tabbed as the starting goalie for the Colonials. Nevertheless, through some hard work and perseverance was able to find his way into the cage early on in the year making his debut midway through the teams opening game against Duke.
After that point, Nate found himself in a unique situation that most college goalies don’t face – splitting time with another goalie.
However, Randall wasn’t phased by this situation. Splitting halves was something he was used to in high school. He found that he enjoyed getting to play the first half because he could start out the game and get the nerves out and dictate how the game was going for his team.
Randall and the Colonials were able to use this strategy with great success finishing 7-1 under that system and finding themselves in the NCAA Tournament after defeating Utah in the ASUN Championships. Collectively, the goalie-duo of Nate and Ben Savick posted ten saves in the ASUN Title win.
Nate’s solid first season at Bobby Mo landed him on the 2022 ASUN All-Freshman Team and was able to earn ASUN Defensive Player of the Week honors after an 11-save performance against Cleveland State.
Prior to arriving at RMU, Nate got his start in lacrosse in the 5th grade after making the switch from baseball. After playing attack at a camp his first season, Randall made the switch to goalie after he found the position was similar to his position as a catcher in baseball. The lateral body movement in catching is similar to that of a lacrosse goalie in that you’re trying to get whatever you can behind the ball
The native of Beverley Hills, MI learned the game through lots of reps and mimicking the movements he watched of goalies like John Galloway, Kyle Bernlohr, or whatever highlights he could get on youtube of college or professional goalies.
Nate’s hard work and dedication would eventually pay off and land him on the list of many division I teams as a potential recruit.
Randall would eventually choose Robert Morris when he heard of their high-class team culture from an alumnus of his high school who attended Bobby Mo. As soon as he arrived on campus Randall knew the this was the place he wanted to be.
Nate is also being coached by former podcast guest and Goalie Summit presenter, Kris Alleyne at RMU. A huge thing that Kris helped out Nate with was the mental side of the goalie game and teaching him techniques to stay focused and trust the work put in the cage.
Nate joins the show today to talk about his recruiting story, lessons learned from Kris Alleyne, playing at RMU, and much more!
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