Troy High graduate Logan Shamblin is pictured playing goalie for University of Detroit Mercy’s lacrosse team. Shamblin was selected as the Defensive Player of the Year in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.

Troy High graduate Logan Shamblin is pictured playing goalie for University of Detroit Mercy’s lacrosse team. Shamblin was selected as the Defensive Player of the Year in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.

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Troy High grad succeeding in net for UDM lacrosse

By: Mark Vest | Troy Times | Published May 8, 2019

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TROY — Since graduating from Troy High in 2016, Logan Shamblin said his experience playing for the University of Detroit Mercy’s men’s lacrosse team has been “unbelievable.”

Shamblin is a goalie for the Titans, and he recently ended his redshirt sophomore season with major accolades to his credit.

Detroit Mercy competes in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, and Shamblin came away from the season having been selected as the MAAC’s Defensive Player of the Year, along with being named as a first-team All-MAAC goalie.

Aside from academic success, Shamblin’s other achievements during his time at Detroit Mercy have included being selected as the MAAC Rookie of the Week four times and being named to the All-Rookie team.

Prior to graduating from Troy, Shamblin attended Utica Eisenhower.

He said his time with the Titans is “going fast,” and he wants to soak in his experiences with the program.

“It’s everything I thought it would (have) been and more,” Shamblin said. “From a lacrosse standpoint, it’s great to play at such a high level all the time. But then putting that aside, just all the friends that I’ve made from the team and with the coaching staff, it’s pretty neat. … Overall, it’s given me new opportunities in life I never would (have) thought I’d be able to get.”

Detroit Mercy coach Chris Kolon described Shamblin as “one of the more driven people I’ve ever met.”

“You have to be pretty crazy to be a goalie,” Kolon said. “That ball’s moving a hundred miles per hour; it’s coming at you pretty hard, and to have the desire to be excellent at that, you kind (of) have to be a special person. He’s just one of those guys. He’s a very motivated student; he’s a very motivated goalie.”

Like so many other student-athletes, Shamblin has discovered that there’s a big change going from high school athletics to competing at the university level.

“Every team you play, everybody’s good,” Shamblin said of the college game. “Overall, the IQ of everyone, the skill of everyone, it makes the game a lot more fast. When I’m playing, it’s a lot to take in sometimes. It kind (of) creates a cool adrenaline rush.”

Helping to make Shamblin’s experience even more unique is that along with the University of Michigan, Detroit Mercy is the only NCAA D-I lacrosse program in the state.

“I feel like it’s pretty cool, because there’s not many Division I opportunities out there, let alone in the state,” Shamblin said. “I get to represent the university and the city while playing the game I love. It’s pretty neat.”

Shamblin said his No. 1 goal going forward is to win the MAAC, which would qualify the team for the NCAA Tournament.

He said he is “really pumped” about Detroit Mercy’s potential.

“I know we have a great group of guys here, and there’s so much potential with the team that I think we can do anything, just about,” Shamblin said. “That’s what it feels like, at least. The confidence I have in my team, I’m really excited.”

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