Meet the Athlete: Alex Beatty
Alex Beatty grew up playing soccer, basketball, and lacrosse just outside Philadelphia. After breaking his leg during a high school soccer match, he narrowed his focus to lacrosse. Alex committed to Princeton University’s powerhouse program as a defenseman and helped the Tigers maintain their status as one of the country’s elite teams. Nowadays, Alex works at a real estate investment firm, works out at the WAC, and plays on the WAC lacrosse team.
Q. When did you start playing lacrosse?
A. I played intermittently in my childhood and began to focus more attention on it in high school. We had one of the top high school lacrosse programs in the country. Soccer and basketball translate well to lacrosse, so it was not too difficult of a transition.
Q. How was it playing at Princeton?
A. Playing lacrosse at a school like Princeton was challenging but rewarding. Unfortunately, I battled injuries during most of my time there. But when I was healthy, it was great. Having the opportunity to play against teams like Syracuse, Virginia, North Carolina, and Johns Hopkins was a blast.
Q. What’s the hardest part about lacrosse?
A. I would argue that stick skills were one of the more challenging pieces of the game to learn, as I did not start playing lacrosse until relatively late in my youth. It’s one thing to be able to throw and catch and pick up ground balls, but it’s totally different to do so at full speed while under pressure from the opposing team. Plus, the margin for error drastically declines once you advance to the Division I level.
Q. Any advice for young players out there?
A. Play multiple sports. Other sports will make you a better lacrosse player.
As published in the January/February/March 2022 issue of WAC Magazine
—Posted January 10, 2022