Editor’s note: This story appears in our Spring 2020 magazine. You can subscribe to the print edition, or digital, here.
Drew Stern never planned to play for Tufts. After all, he wasn’t even recruited and the NESCAC program had won the 2014 national title shortly before he arrived to the outskirts of Boston.
But the Potomac, Md., native slowly impressed with the club team and caught the eye of several varsity players during a scrimmage the spring of his freshman year. Word eventually spread to then-head coach Josh Shapiro about Stern and how he possibly could cut it at the next level.