FCS Graduate Cam Cochran Completes First Season at NAIA Powerhouse
Following his first semester, Cam Cochran decided to transfer from LaGrange College to Reinhardt College in Waleska, Ga., to play collegiate lacrosse for a very successful program.
Prior to the shortened 2020 season, the Eagles program had won three straight NAIA Men's Lacrosse National Invitational championships.
A 2019 graduate of Fellowship Christian School, Cochran played in two games for Reinhardt this spring. The 6-0, 160-pound midfielder recorded three ground balls, two caused turnovers and one turnover for the Eagles, 4-0-1 in 2020. He also won six faceoffs for Reinhardt last season.
"It was great," Cochran said about his first college lax season. "It ended early, but I had fun. It's true [playing a college sport] is a job. Everyone you play is good. The talent in college is very high."
Cochran explained his practice time in college grew to four hours daily from an hour a day at FCS. He said transferring from LaGrange to Reinhardt was definitely the right decision and helped him find a better collegiate fit.
"It felt like a family right away," he said. "We had a lot of young players, but we played together as a team."
The 2020 Reinhardt club included 14 freshmen, and had just four seniors and nine juniors.
Cochran, an award-winning letterman in football and lacrosse at Fellowship, has always been a natural leader on the field. He hopes to "be that person" at Reinhardt who leads by example and encourages his teammates.
"I want to also improve overall as a player on offense and defense," said Cochran, a sports studies major at Reinhardt.
Cochran had a memorable career in both football and lacrosse at Fellowship. His has many good memories, but a couple of games really stand out.
"In lacrosse, it was the Pace game my senior year," he said. "In football, it's the playoff game against Riverside Military my senior year."
Cochran helped the Paladin football squad post a 35-13 overall record during his four years on the team, including three straight trips to the state playoffs his sophomore, junior and senior years. During that three-year span, FCS captured two sub-Region titles and one Region championship.
He led the Fellowship lacrosse team to the Elite Eight of the GHSA Class A-5A Boys Lacrosse Championships as a senior. The 2019 club also captured the 1A Region Championship and notched a school-record 16-4 record.
(Head shot courtesy of Reinhardt University)