BASKING RIDGE, NJ -- Like so many other children, Eric Scott loved to play sports.
“He played everything,” said his mother, Sandy Scott. “He played soccer, basketball, baseball, football and even hockey. He started playing lacrosse in the 3rd grade, and from then on, he always had a stick in his hand.”
“He was always in the yard throwing,” she said. “He, along with his teammates at Ridge and Leading Edge, were always very competitive.”
He was quickly recognized as a top competitor when he won a role as a starter his freshman year at Ridge High School. Scott, a four-year starter, was named team captain in 2013.
Scott continued to compete in a variety of sports into high school. He reluctantly stepped away from the other sports when he was recruited and committed to play college lacrosse at Yale.
“It meant Eric would have to excel academically as well as on the turf,” Mrs. Scott said.
At Ridge, Eric would be honored as a two time All-American (2012, 2013) and as New Jersey Player of the Year in 2013. He and his teammates won the NJSIAA Tournament of Champions in 2013, a tournament wherein all the state champions from throughout the state playoff for a single champion. He also earned a spot in the National Honor Society for his academic efforts.
“Eric has always been one of the most driven and competitive players I ever coached,” said Ridge head lacrosse coach Ken Marsh. “No matter the level, Eric is going to compete with anyone and it is no surprise he has made it as far as he has,” added Marsh. “His work ethic is unmatched.”
At Yale, Eric again was a four-year starter. He was recognized for his play being named three-time All-New England (2015-2017); two-time All-Ivy League (2016 second team, 2017 unanimous first team); and two-time All-American (2016 honorable mention and 2017 second team).
Additionally, he was awarded the prestigious Senior Class Award (that honors athletes for their academic, athletics and community involvement), first team, in 2017. Scott recorded 118 points: 75 goals and 43 assists.
But that is not all that Eric Scott is about. In 2012, he went to Costa Rica with a group called Charity Lacrosse. There they held clinics and introduced lacrosse to the community while doing other community service activities.
At Yale, the lacrosse team worked to help kids battling cancer. The team took trips to a local New Haven hospital to spend time with kids and their families. Each year, the team raised money for Vs. Cancer Foundation to help kids fighting pediatric brain cancer.
In 2017, Scott was the 23rd player chosen by the Boston Cannons of Major League Lacrosse. He realized after a year he needed to step back and focus on work, so Scott took 2018 off.
Then a new league was formed late in 2018: The Premier Lacrosse League. Scott says the league is taking a new approach towards how they treat their players and serve the fans: working hard to treat the players well (higher salaries and benefits, health insurance, etc.), increased fan their exposure with fans (social media content, TV broadcasts and behind the scenes with players) and better more legitimate venues.
“This seemed like it’d be special to be a part of,” Scott said, “so I decided around New Year’s (2018/9) that I was going to try making a comeback to lacrosse.”
Although the draft had already taken place, Scott was determined to play. He signed up for the “player pool/free agency” with the hopes of being picked up and given a chance to try out. With only 120 players being chosen for the active roster each week, quite simply the best lacrosse players in the world, Eric saw the challenge to crack the lineup.
Andy Towers, coach of the Chaos LC, picked up Eric in the player draft pool draft and gave him a shot to try out during training camp.
“I was able to make the roster,” said Scott, “and it’s been a blast playing so far this season. The level of play is incredibly high which has been the most fun. It is extremely physical, fast paced and absurdly talented guys.”
Scott has been working in New York since graduation for a merchant bank focused on media, entertainment and sports. An added bonus: he is able to work while he is playing for the Chaos.
Asked what he would recommend for young players interested in playing in high school, college or the pros, Scott said, “Honestly there are so many factors that go into whether you make certain teams or get recruitedit, a lot of which you can’t control. I’ve been lucky enough to have great coaches, been a part of great teams/programs, and play alongside a bunch of great players that allowed me to get where I am today – and a lot of that I didn’t have control over and was just fortunate to have.”
“What I would recommend to young players is to focus on the things you can control: work hard, stay grounded and try to constantly push yourself,” he said.