YORKTOWN, N.Y. – The recruiting process was a long and difficult one for Yorktown junior boys lacrosse defender Keith Boyer, who as a sophomore was named All-American.

That process finally came to an end when he recently announced that he was going to play college lacrosse at Duke University.

“It was a very difficult and stressful process,” said Boyer, who is ranked No. 2 in the country for his class. “The schools that I visited had all great people and coaching staffs. The combination of academics and athletics played a major role in my decision. On my visit, I immediately felt like I could call Duke home for the next four years out of high school.”

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Boyer said that he is relieved that the recruiting process is over.

“Going on visits became very tough with school as well as football,” said Boyer, who is also on the Yorktown football squad that will play for the Section 1 Class A title at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8 against Rye at Mahopac High School. “To now be done with the recruiting process and give my full focus in school and on the athletic field is a huge relief.”

Boyer adds to the long list of Husker All-Americans who have gone on to play at the highest level of college lacrosse.

Along with being one of the best players in America, Boyer is also just as good in the classroom and the community as he is with a lacrosse stick.

“Keith is an amazing young man on and off the field,” said Yorktown boys lacrosse coach Sean Carney. “He represents everyone in Yorktown with such class and respect. He was recruited by all the best institutions in America for good reason. He has worked and earned the right to play at that elite level. We are happy for him and his family and look forward to him being on Charlie Murphy Field for two more years.”

One reason Boyer said he chose Duke was so he could challenge himself at a high level of lacrosse.

“I wish to compete for a national championship and be the best version of myself on and off the field,” Boyer said.

Boyer said he was motivated by past Husker players to play at the next level, including his brother Jose, and Brett Makar. Both were two-time All-Americans for Yorktown and Jose is now playing lacrosse at the University of Notre Dame and Makar at the University of Maryland.

“Watching players like my brother (Jose), Brett Makar, and many others from Yorktown, really inspired me to reach my goal of playing Division 1 lacrosse,” Boyer said. “Being able to watch and see the work you have to put in played a major role in pushing me to reach my goal.”

Like his brother and Makar, Boyer also is a three-sport athlete, running winter track along with playing lacrosse and football, which he says has been very beneficial to him.

“Playing football and running track helps me so much in playing lacrosse,” Boyer said. “Constantly competing and having a physical mindset from football definitely helps. Running track in the winter helps me stay in shape come time for lacrosse season.”