West Point, to Thee
By Miles Silva, Men's Lacrosse
From the time I was a little boy, playing lacrosse at West Point was my dream. Simply put, West Point is part of my family. It began with my maternal grandfather, Walter Mischler class of 1969, who played sprint football and ran track during his time here, followed by my parents, Adam and Jennifer Silva class of 1993, who captained the men’s lacrosse and volleyball teams. My entire life I grew up wanting to be just like them and to become part of the storied legacy of West Point and the men’s lacrosse team.
Growing up surrounded by Army sports, I looked up to the men and women who wore their respective uniforms as my heroes, referring to my parents’ teammates and class as my “aunts” “uncles,” and I knew I wanted to be just like them. The Army lacrosse team has meant everything to me for as long as I can remember, and I am blessed to have been a part of it during my five-year journey.
My path to becoming an Army lacrosse player differs from those of my classmates because my recruiting process was solely focused on getting the chance to attend West Point and play under Coach Alberici. I knew from the moment my process began that I wanted West Point to be the place I spent my college career.
From my first day in the lacrosse locker room at the United States Military Academy Preparatory School I knew I joined something special, something bigger than myself. When I was given the opportunity to play lacrosse at West Point I was not only fulfilling a childhood dream, I was also given the opportunity to learn to follow, to grow, to fail, to lead, and to be a part of the greatest group of men in the country. Read more.