The West Islip Lions, who entered and ended this past season ranked No. 1 in the nation, started the season with a stunning 13-12 overtime loss to Sachem North.
But when you consider the Flaming Arrows had eight players who were committed to play in college, it may not have been the colossal upset everyone thought.
Well, gang. Make it nine.
As we reported in our “Recruiting review and commitment rundown” on Monday, another Sachem North player has made a commitment. It’s rising senior Timmy Lang, a big and athletic attackman with a nose for the net.
The 6-foot-1, 190-pound Lang has given a verbal commitment to accept a scholarship offer from UMBC.
We just completed a Q&A with Timmy on his commitment:
What were the main factors in your decision to attend UMBC?
These were the main factors for myself and my family. (UMass) Coach (Don) Zimmerman, who I think is one of the better and more dedicated coaches in the nation. The Baltimore area is one of my favorite places to be and I feel very comfortable there. Everything about being on their campus just felt right. Their lacrosse team has been very successful in D-I over the years and I feel honored to be part of it.
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
The other schools that I was interested in and had visited were St. Johns, Assumption, Robert Morris and Bryant.
What adjustments do you think you will need to make to play at the next level?
I think that getting better in every way will give me an advantage at the next level. I should get faster, stronger, smarter and work on my stick to help me improve.
What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
I am a big, strong attackman that loves to go to the cage and who is always looking for the one more. I see the field well and like to control the game.
What players have you looked up to as you have moved up through the varsity ranks?
One player that I have always looked up to is John Truscello, who is a Sachem grad and is now a member of the Bryant lacrosse team. I have often been compared to him as a player and I view his success as motivation for myself to become as good, if not better, than him as a player.
When did you first realize you had the potential to play at the D-I level?
I started to realize my D-I potential recently when I had a very successful summer and received many college looks.
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