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    July 2, 2021 Excelsior, Minn. RSS |

    As a captain on Minnetonka (Minn.) High School's lacrosse team this spring, Ezra Anderson emerged as an impact player with potential to be a disruptive force in the midfield for Liberty University's men's lacrosse team over the next four seasons.

    "Liberty was a school that he liked, which put him on our radar, but he was a little bit of a lesser known commodity until just a few weeks ago, when we made a commitment to save a roster spot for him based on some of the film from his senior year," said Head Coach Kyle McQuillan, who may keep as many as 40 players on the Flames' active roster in 2021-22 after tryouts in September. "We were really impressed with the growth we've been able to see over the past few years."

    At 6-feet, 2-inches tall, 190 pounds, Anderson is a physical player to be reckoned with in the midfield.

    "He is a big kid with natural size, and when you talk about having guys that can go both ways and be a two-way midfielder, he can definitely do that for us," McQuillan said. "We are excited to continue to get to know him and to develop him at a position where we need a lot of depth."

    Anderson, who plans to study mechanical engineering, looks forward to the challenge of taking his game to the next level while pursuing professional goals and growing stronger in his faith.

    "I chose Liberty to help grow spiritually and have a good foundation for my adult life," he said. "I want to come in and work hard and be the best player I can be. It will be a lot of work, but it will be worth it."

    Anderson helped lead Minnetonka through one of the toughest sections in the state to advance in the regional playoffs.

    "We had a pretty good year after not having a season last year," said Anderson, who has played lacrosse as his primary sport since fourth grade. "This past year, I have had a lot of time to get better and be consistent."

    Anderson has developed a hard, accurate shot in recent years, adding to his offensive arsenal.

    He said the Flames' coaching staff may have noticed his offensive skills, which have improved dramatically in recent seasons.

    "I shoot the ball hard and fast and can place it well," he said, noting that his size also sets him apart from other midfielders. "It definitely does help being able to push kids around more and use my body as a weapon. That makes it a lot harder for guys to get through."

    Anderson is one of two midfielderstwo defenders, one goalie, one long-stick midfielder, and one attackmen in this year's recruiting class, which may increase after McQuillan traveled to showcases in Maryland and Delaware last month.