The following article appeared on MetroWNY.com and features senior attackman Jeremy Boltus. It ran on March 7 and was written by Matthew Ondesko.
Jeremy Boltus never really thought about attending the United States Military Academy or any academy in fact.
And if it weren’t for a mix up during the Empire State Games, Boltus would have landed somewhere else.
Thank goodness for the Army lacrosse team that people sometimes don’t know how to fill out rosters correctly.
While playing for his Empire State team, Boltus was accidently mis-numbered on the roster.
When scouts didn’t come looking for him, Boltus was ready to go to LeMoyne College – a Division II school in Syracuse.
Then Army coach Joe Alberici stepped in and the rest, as they say, is history.
“I had no intentions to go to any academies,” stated Boltus, recently by phone from West Point. “He (Alberici) brought me down for a visit and I loved it right away.”
All Boltus has done since stepping on the field for the lacrosse team is get better each year.
Since 2008, he has seen his point production on the field increase – including last year when he led the team in points with 67 and assists with 38.
While many would happy with the numbers, Boltus says he still has a lot to learn.
“I still have a lot to learn,” he said. “I have learned a great deal the past four years. I am happy with where I am at.”
Where he is at is as one of the leaders on a team that upset Syracuse in the first round of the NCAA tournament last season and on a team that won the Patriot League title – going undefeated.
Not bad for the young man out of Baldwinsville, NY, just outside of Syracuse, who came into the academy not knowing what to really expect.
“The tough thing was the transition from civilian life right to the Army,” he explained. “I went into it cold turkey. It was a real shock. They (the team) took me in as one of their brothers.”
Now a senior, Boltus is one of the leaders on a team looking for back-to-back NCAA tournament appearances.
And, being a leader, is something that Boltus has tried to embrace.
“Instinctual,” Boltus said on what makes a good leader. “Somebody who will help out the team. Lead by example.”
Leading by example is something that Boltus might have gotten growing up with two older brothers.
His brother Jason knows a little something about being a star in college as he is the all-time Division III leader in total yards (14,231) after having a successful career at Hartwick College. Jason now plays quarterback for the Hamilton Tiger Cats of the Canadian Football League (CFL).
“I still compete with Jason,” stated Boltus. “I credit him for getting me into shape.”
As the lacrosse season gets underway, Boltus knows his days at the academy are slowly coming to an end.
In May he will graduate and move on to serve his country.
But, right now, he tries not to think about it. He is concentrated on getting his team back to the tournament.
“I try to put it in the back of my mind,” he said. “Tough not to think about it. We will see what happens.”