On October 3, former Princeton lacrosse midfielder and current national lacrosse star Tom Schreiber ’14 signed a one-year agreement with the Toronto Rock. The 24-year-old Tiger legend is regarded as one of the best players to ever wear the Orange and Black jersey, completing his collegiate career with the most goals, assists and points ever made by a Tiger midfielder. A three-time United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) first team All-American, Schreiber has continued to succeed far beyond the Orange Bubble and the NCAA, as he was named Major League Lacrosse’s (MLL) MVP in 2016 on the Ohio Machine.
Schreiber’s professional career began just a week-and-a-half after his last game in a Tiger uniform, subsequent to being the first overall pick in the MLL Collegiate Draft to the Ohio Machine. According to Schreiber, “the speed of the game and just the overall level of play” were the most significant changes in the transition to the professional league, but he certainly handled them with grace and ease. In his first two seasons as a professional player, Schreiber helped lead the Ohio Machine to the MLL Semifinals, and in his third season to the MLL Championships, where the team lost to the Denver Outlaws by just one goal in June. Schreiber commented, “We didn't finish with a championship game, but we came extremely close and we’re definitely looking to building off of that going forward.”
Despite his star-status in the professional outdoor league, the indoor setting of the MLL is a “completely different animal” with which Schreiber said he has “almost no experience in at all.” One of Schreiber’s former teammates, Mike MacDonald ’15, is currently on the Toronto roster and has been helping him “via text” with the transition process. The most substantial challenge Schreiber is going to face in the transition to indoor will be with his shooting. “The goalies are twice the size of the goal and the goals are half the size of outdoor, so there’s a little bit less space to put the ball at the back of the net,” Schreiber said, adding he is “really looking forward to the challenge and for a new experience up in Canada.”
The midfielder’s ultimate goal is to win a championship. “There’s something super special about winning a championship because all that work you put in together as a team amounts to one moment,” he said. Schreiber’s last championship was in high school at St. Anthony’s on Long Island, which he recognizes as his proudest moment in his lacrosse career. Hopefully, the Tiger alum can notch one more under his belt with his new team up in Canada.