Caden Olmstead - 12 Sports Athlete of the Week
BINGHAMTON, N.Y. (WBNG) - Every time the Chenango Forks lacrosse team takes the field, they can rely on attacker Caden Olmstead to score. Just last Saturday, he netted five in the Blue Devils 12th win of the year. But if you ask his teammates, he could never score again and still be satisfied, just as long as they keep winning games.
“He likes the team more than himself. He likes to feed us. Get us the goals before himself. It’s definitely high intensity when he’s on the field. He puts in the work. He does great stuff in practice, on the game. It’s unbelievable how good he is and how awesome it is to play with him,” said Chenango Forks senior midfielder Zander Arnold.
But even though Caden is mostly focused on his team’s success, individually he’s one of the most accomplished players in the state.
As a freshman in 2019, he led Forks to a sectional championship where he was the title game MVP. Then in 2021, he was named to the Upstate New York team for the Under Armour All American Tournament.
These accolades led him to offers from several high profile Division I programs and heading into this season he decided to continue his career at Siena College.
“There was a lot of things that went into it. It was kind of a stressful recruiting process but I think the biggest thing is the coaches. I had a really good bond with the coaches and when I went there I met a couple of the guys on campus. Campus is beautiful,” said Olmstead.
So far this season, Forks has had one of the most prolific offenses in Section 4, averaging almost 19 goals a game, and Caden has been the driving force.
“Well, we use him in a lot of different spots. And we create a lot of opportunity with him because of his ability. So it’s really easy to create a gameplan frankly because we can move him around a little bit and not let teams set up and create gameplans against him,” explained Chenango Forks head coach Dave Pavlick.
Now with the regular season winding down, Forks is hitting their stride. They haven’t lost since early April and are currently ranked third in the state in Class D, giving the team some confidence heading into the postseason.
“We want to win the sectional title and then make it as far as we can in states. We want to win states and I think we got a shot. We just have to take it game by game. Personal goals I am trying to go All American again but that’s in the back of my head, I’m more focused on the team,” said Olmstead.
As its been his whole career, the most important stat for Caden is wins.
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