Stevenson men’s lacrosse senior midfielder Cam Leydig recently talked with PressBox about his memories from playing in the NCAA Tournament in recent years, his goals for after lacrosse and more. The 5-foot-9, 170-pound Leydig posted 12 goals and 5 assists as a junior in 2021.
PressBox: How did you become interested in lacrosse?
Cam Leydig: I always played soccer when I was little. A couple of my friends at school when I was in kindergarten or first grade started playing and they kind of dragged me into it. Ever since, I’ve just been playing growing up.
PB: Who was the biggest influence on your game growing up?
CL: I love the Stanwicks, all of them. Just watching them on TV, I just always wanted to grow up and be like them.
PB: What is your favorite memory from playing at DeMatha?
CL: We had a big win over St. John’s my sophomore year in the [WCAC] semifinals that took us to the championship against Gonzaga. We weren’t supposed to win, but we ended up winning anyway. It was awesome.
PB: Why did you choose to go to Stevenson?
CL: Immediately when [head coach Paul Cantabene] reached out to me, he just valued me more than any other coach when they were talking. Coach just made me feel at home. I talked to a lot of other coaches. Just that sense of feeling comfortable wherever I wanted, Coach Cantabene made that happen.
PB: What is your favorite memory so far at Stevenson?
CL: My freshman year [in 2019] we had a trip up to Dennison. They were ranked No. 4 and we beat them on that trip. We got to stay overnight there. It was pretty cool to have the whole team there.
PB: What is your favorite thing about Stevenson and Owings Mills?
CL: The campus is beautiful. I think it’s one of the nicest campuses in D-III, especially for lacrosse. We have everything accessible to us that we need. It’s close to home for me. I’m from Annapolis, Md., so it’s not too far. I can still see my family and they can call come to the games and stuff.
PB: Who is your best friend on the team and what’s a story that underscores your friendship?
CL: My roommate, Josh Brannan. He’s No. 8. I play midfield with him. I’ve known him since third grade. We played club ball and little league ball growing up together. He actually went to DeMatha with me as well, so we’ve been best friends for a long time — just pretty cool that we get to come here and play together.
PB: Who is a player you looked up to when you got to Stevenson?
CL: Immediately one of our captains my freshman year, Dom DeFazio. He played defense even though I play offense, but he kind of took me under his wing right away and started telling me tips. Obviously he started guarding me at some points. He just kind of took me under his wing and showed me the ropes of what it takes to play at Stevenson and kind of the attitude I had to bring every day.
PB: What are your favorite memories from your trips to the NCAA Tournament in 2019 and 2021?
CL: It’s always awesome to compete. Our main goal is to hold the [trophy] at the end of the year, so that’s always fun. But obviously the past three years we’ve come up a little short. The experience overall, I’ve learned a lot. So have the other guys who are my age. We’re just looking to move that forward and go a little deeper than we have the past three years.
PB: What advice would you give to younger players?
CL: Just don’t take anything for granted. I had a lot of guys — college players, really good coaches, professional players at one point — coach me up. I’d go to a lot of clinics when I was younger and I kind of just went through the motions of those camps. My parents paid a lot of money for them and I didn’t really start appreciating it until the end of my high school career, so these younger guys, I would just say to take every moment seriously and listen to what they’re telling you because it will pay off.
PB: What are your goals for after lacrosse?
CL: I’m studying finance right now, so hopefully something in the finance field. I’m super interested in cryptocurrency, so maybe get into one of those companies in the future and hopefully come back and give back to the program a little bit.
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