Kamiak senior commits to play lacrosse at Williams College

By John Okemah | May 16, 2012
Courtesy of: John Okemah Alexander Okemah, a Kamiak senior, goes airborne after he rips one on Skyline. Alexander will be playing lacrosse for Williams College.

Kamiak High School senior Alexander Okemah has committed to play lacrosse at Williams College in Williamstown, Mass. as part of the Little Ivy League.

Williams College was recently ranked the No. 1 college in the United States by Forbes Magazine. Williams is part of the NESCAC league (New England Small College Conference) aka the Little Ivy League.

"When it came down to a final decision, Williams had everything I was looking for," Alexander said. "Most important to me was their academic reputation as the No. 1 liberal arts college in US.

"I was recruited to play lacrosse and for my academics but will also be a part of their student symphony as a violist. This was an opportunity no other school provided."

He also received offers from Dartmouth, Swarthmore, Tufts, Harvard, Providence, Rochester Institute of Technology, Salisbury, Amherst and the U.S. Air Force.

Alexander plays for the Mukilteo Lacrosse Club and has done so since he was in the seventh grade. He is one of the captains of the team, a four-year varsity player and plays face-off/middie.

During the fall and summer off-seasons, he also plays for the Seattle Starz Elite, Zip It Elite Team out of Las Vegas, Junior Stealth Elite and the West Coast Starz.

Since getting his first taste of lacrosse, he has fallen in love with the sport and has given up football and tae kwon do to solely focus on lacrosse.

In addition to lacrosse, Alexander is able to maintain an academic load of AP classes as well as perform in orchestra. He also contributes back to the Mukilteo Lacrosse Club by volunteering as an assistant coach for the 7/8 Silver team and giving lessons in the off-season to help younger players improve.

He looks forward to the educational opportunities that Williams will provide and playing lacrosse at the collegiate level for the Ephs and Coach George McCormack.

"I can’t wait to see the camaraderie with my new team," Alexander said. "With the increase in game speed and competition, it will be interesting how much my role in the team changes from what it was in high school.

"Coach McCormack is a great guy, and I look forward to playing under him during my next four years."

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