Bradshaw looks forward to senior season at Hartford
Claude Bradshaw has grown during his time as a member of Hartford University’s men’s lacrosse team.
“I’m just working hard and trying to improve every game,” said the 2015 Emmaus High School graduate.
Certainly some of that maturation has been on the field as a Hawk defenseman. While the Hawks were frustrated in registering a 3-10 record during the 2018 season, Bradshaw personally improved his game in various categories and adopted more of a leadership role for coach Ryan Martin. Bradshaw played in 13 games during his junior season and registered 16 ground ball and caused five turnovers.
As a defenseman he understands the “most basic part” of defense is to position himself between the man he is covering and the goal. While this may seem obvious, it’s not as easy as it sounds. Often, a defenseman can lose his place on the field and become hypnotized by the ball and losing track of cutters and creating fast break scoring opportunities for opponents.
“I’m aware of where I am at on the field,” Bradshaw says.
Bradshaw is also a “feet first, stick second” player who understands that moving his feet is more important than constantly relying on his stick to poke check and life opposing players. Some of the fundamentals Bradshaw learned came from his basketball career at Emmaus. Defending a player with the ball in lacrosse for a defender is similar to that of a man defending the dribbler in basketball. To that end, Bradshaw is focused on the fundamentals of the game - keeping his knees bent, on his toes, square to the opponent, good balance and low center of gravity.
He’s also determined to protect “the hole,” which is a roughly 10-yard area in front of the goal where most goals are scored.
Bradshaw has always been humble about his substantial talents. As a young man becoming interested in the sport, he credits his parents for supporting him early and his youth coaches for teaching him the basics of lacrosse. It was during his time at Emmaus High School where Bradshaw blossomed both on and off the field.
“I’d really like to give a lot of the credit for that” to coaches Scott Ketcham, J.D. Wilson, Desi Gonzalez and Stu Speicher, along with club coach Lou for “helping me improve my game,” he said.
Heading into his senior college season in 2019 season, Bradshaw is looking forward to “bringing along and mentoring” some of the young Hawks.
“They did that for me when I came here and now I want to give back and do the same thing,” he says.
Off the field, Bradshaw looks forward to graduating with a degree in economics and finance and pursing a career in the financial sector. He also hopes to donate time to community service initiatives in and around Hartford, which in the past have included volunteer work with the Hartford Area Habitat for Humanity.