Gleason will bring size, vision to men's lacrosse midfield
August 1, 2019 | Fort Mill, S.C.
Incoming Liberty University men's lacrosse freshman midfielder Finn Gleason turned down nearly full academic and athletic scholarships at other programs to play for the Flames this fall.
"I had offers from a lot of NCAA Division II and DIII schools, but those campuses were too small and the environment was kind of dead," Gleason said. "I came to Liberty for College For A Weekend (CFAW) and fell in love with the campus and the population and environment here. With 15,000 kids on campus, it's always growing and there's always something to do. It is a perfect fit for me."
Gleason, who is 5-feet, 11-inches tall and weighs 195, brings excellent field vision to the midfield along with his physically tenacious brand of play, which he showcased for Liberty's coaching staff during a spring prospect camp at the Liberty Lacrosse Fields.
|Gleason's tenacious brand of lacrosse will help Liberty.|
"Based on his experience and size, he has a lead on some of the other recruits coming in, and I think he'll transition pretty quickly," Liberty Head Coach Kyle McQuillan said. "He has a good lacrosse IQ and a high ceiling and a lot of potential. Hopefully, he will be able to capitalize on his physical stature and will help in terms of his ability to adapt to different roles and give us some aggressive play in the midfield."
Gleason was MVP of his Nation Ford High School team this past spring and was a first-team All-South Carolina selection at midfield and second-team pick at faceoff. He will be joined by his twin sister, Kelsey, the girls' leading scorer for Nation Ford who will make her debut on the Lady Flames' NCAA DI women's lacrosse team this fall.
Though they are twins, the Gleasons' interests are very different.
"I love music — literally everything, but especially working out to the Dave Matthews Band — and am very social and extraverted," said Finn Gleason, who also plays guitar and piano and plans to study in the School of Business and pursue a minor in the School of Music. "My sister is an artist, and she likes to draw and paint. She is looking at the nursing program or pre-med (biomedical sciences)."
|At 5-foot-11, 195 pounds, Gleason has the physical build of an upperclassman.|
He said the siblings complement one another perfectly, with no signs of rivalry.
"It's going to be awesome," he said. "We're really close as brother and sister. I'm going to have an instant group of brothers on the field and she's going to have an instant group of sisters, so we will have an instant network of friends. It's going to be a blast."
They also have an older sister, Madison, who is a junior business major at Liberty. She transferred from Charleston Southern University, where she played on the women's soccer team until she had multiple ACL injuries. She now plays soccer through Liberty's intramural sports program.