We’ve been passing along news these last few months about the commitments of the top seniors and juniors from the Hudson Valley/Long Island/Connecticut region.
Programs such as Ward Melville, Manhasset, Yorktown, John Jay, Somers, Ridgefield and Darien are well represented, of course.
But on Monday, we told you about a couple of players both attackmen, in fact from a school that has not exactly been synonymous with college recruits.
Until now, that is.
Last year, they helped resurgent White Plains enjoy a groundbreaking season that included a huge win over Mahopac.
Now, Ryan McGee and Norman Greenfield are both about to take their games to the next level. Their commitments come just two years after Tigers standout defenseman Savaughn Greene accepted a scholarship offer from Division I Stony Brook.
And stay tuned, gang. There should be more to come in the next few years.
“The success Sav, Ryan and I have had has encouraged younger players to become more committed to the sport,” Greenfield said. “Coach (Mark) Armogida has done a great job promoting the sport with younger players and as a result, the youth program and high school program have benefited a great deal.
“Though the summer was still very important in terms of being looked at at various recruiting camps and combines, college coaches were far more impressed with the improved White Plains’ schedule, which Coach Armogida worked hard to obtain.”
McGee is bound for Division I St. Joseph’s in Philadelphia. Greenfield is headed to Division III power Dickinson, which is also in Pennsylvania.
McGee also visited Tufts, Lehigh, Boston University, the University of Pennsylvania and Delaware.
“The main factors in my decision were the overall environment of the campus and surrounding area, the coaching staff, the future of the lacrosse program, and its geographic location in the city of Philadelphia,” McGee said. “I think the campus as well as the surrounding parts of Philadelphia are an extremely attractive environment for a student-athlete.
“The campus is separated from the business of the urban environment, yet the excitement of going to school in a big city is still there, making it the best of both worlds.
“Another positive aspect of the lacrosse program is their entrance into the Colonial League for the 2010 season which will be en extremely competitive conference including Delaware, Drexel, Hofstra, Penn State, UMass and Towson.
“The last major factor that influenced my decision was the school’s location. I have a lot of family in the area surrounding the city so I have spent a lot of time there throughout my life. I love the Philadelphia area and going to school there has always been appealing to me.”
A four-year starter in lax, McGee is also a standout in hockey, where he plays for Howard Rubenstein, who doubles as the Tigers’ varsity assistant in lacrosse.
“Lacrosse has been a part of my life almost since birth,” said McGee. “My dad and his two brothers all played lacrosse in high school and both of my uncles played lacrosse in college. When I was still a baby my dad’s youngest brother was still playing at Westchester University and I used to go to his games.
“I have had a lacrosse stick in my hands since I could hold one so there was never any doubt that I would play it. Aside from lacrosse my other main sport is hockey, both of which are similar in that they are extremely fast paced. They call lacrosse the fastest game on two feet for a reason and it is the speed and constant action of sports that attracts me to them. So I would say that lacrosse is similar to other sports I play but I just like it more.”
Greenfield also got an early jump on lacrosse – and it made a difference.
“When I was in kindergarten, my dad took me to practically every Soundview Sports event that was out there,” Greenfield said. “Something clicked. Ever since then it was only lacrosse, all year long, on any team, by any means.
“I’ve played summer lacrosse with WestRock, fall lacrosse with Moonlight, and some winter lacrosse with Renegades throughout the years. I’ve never really seriously played other sports because lacrosse has just always been the most fun for me.”
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