Friends' Deering has Carolina on his mind

April 11, 1993|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Staff Writer

Spencer Deering is going where few Friends lacrosse players have gone before -- to the University of North Carolina.

"It feels good. I didn't think I had a real good chance coming out of this school," said the 6-foot-2, 190-pound senior attackman, who signed with the highly regarded Division I program in December.

Deering earned Maryland Scholastic Association BB Conference Player of the Year honors last year, producing 30 goals and 33 assists to lead the Quakers (11-3) to the title. His exposure, though, was unlike that found in the MSA A Conference.

So he spent this past summer at Goucher College's Final Four Camp, more than holding his own on a team of MSA All-Stars, alongside players such as St. Paul's standouts Pat Doyle (Duke) and Ben Strutt (Princeton), and Loyola's Bill Evans (Johns Hopkins).

"I was kind of intimidated at first, but I eventually stepped up and contributed," said Deering, who credits Mount St. Joseph coach Drew Bowden, who coached at the Final Four camp, and Navy coach Brian Matthews, for spreading the word about him.

"I did the whole recruiting process with five schools. But I think they [North Carolina recruiters] saw me playing this summer with the higher conference kids."

It's a dream come true for Deering, who began playing lacrosse when he was 10 and soon became enamored with North Carolina's lacrosse reputation, making it his goal to be a Tar Heel.

Deering was further encouraged when, as a freshman on the varsity, he watched senior Wilson Felter play his way to North Carolina.

"He's just been so focused on that for a long time and I'm delighted for him," said Spencer's father, Tony, whose son gave up soccer as a freshman to concentrate on lacrosse and basketball.

On the court, Deering was Friends' leading rebounder as a center and among its top scorers, leading the Quakers to a runner-up finish in the B Division of the Armstrong Conference.

Heading into Tuesday's game with North Harford, Deering has five goals and two assists from his attack position.

North Carolina, however, likes him as a midfielder "because of my speed, vision and my straight out size," Deering said.

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