“Hoyt McCuin is an excellent lacrosse player,” began Tilton School head boys lacrosse coach Jonathan Rand. “He’s got great skills. Right now Hoyt plays two different positions for us. I believe his strength is at midfield because he controls the middle of the field. Hoyt is a team player, is of sound character, and he has leadership qualities,” Rand continued. “I look forward to watching his continued successes over the next two years.”
A Hinesburg native, McCuin’s family includes parents, Jennifer and Chris; younger brother Owen, a Champlain Valley Union (CVU) sophomore; and a dog named Georgia.
“I started rec lacrosse in the third grade,” McCuin recalled. “My babysitter brought me a lacrosse stick which sparked my interest in the sport. Once I started playing, I never looked back.”
McCuin found his calling. In the fourth grade, in addition to rec lacrosse, he started to play as much competitive lacrosse as possible: travel teams, indoor leagues, and summer camps to name a few. By seventh grade he had set a lofty goal for himself: to play lacrosse in college. Willing to take advantage of his lacrosse opportunities, McCuin made the CVU varsity squad as a freshman and played for 802 Edge as a sophomore.
His preparation obviously paid off when he visited the University of Albany last summer. “I felt a sense of community there. That’s what separated Albany from all the other schools,” he explained. After his visit McCuin verbally committed to play lacrosse for the university in 2016. His dream in hand, McCuin’s ability to play Division I lacrosse is also his greatest achievement.
Before leaving CVU for the Tilton School, a college preparatory school that he will attend for the next two years, McCuin was a two-year varsity soccer player and a three-year varsity ice hockey and lacrosse player. “I have some great memories at CVU. I won four state championships. One for soccer, one for hockey, and two for lacrosse. Those championships were pretty special,” he reminisced.
“I was looking for a smaller learning environment and an opportunity to prepare for lacrosse at the next level,” McCuin offered. “Tilton fit the bill on both counts.” Still a three-sport athlete, McCuin was named soccer captain for the Rams not long after his arrival. “It was flattering to be chosen soccer captain after such a short time. Especially after we won the Classic Championship, the equivalent of a state championship in soccer.”
Also named captain of the lacrosse team this spring, McCuin discussed his strengths. “I am very friendly and approachable,” he stated. “The guys can come to me for anything. I want everyone on the team to feel like an equal. It’s important that we are a cohesive unit.”
Coach Rand offered this perspective. “Hoyt has spirit. He gets everyone ready to play. And more importantly he is athletically confident.”
And he should be. A proven leader and exceptional athlete, there’s no doubt McCuin will continue to excel at Tilton School and the University of Albany.