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Recruit spotlight: Huntington’ s Jack Castelli
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Rhamel Bratton. Shamel Bratton. Zach Howell. Scott Kocis.
Huntington has sure turned out more than its share of collegiate standouts of late.
And more are on the way.
Among them, rising senior attackman Jack Castelli.
Castelli, a rising senior attackman, is bound for Division III power Wesleyan in Connecticut.
What were the main factors in your decision to attend Wesleyan?
Wesleyan is definitely the best fit for me academically, athletically and socially. I love its great academic reputation and the opportunities it provides for me as a student. Lacrosse at Wesleyan is top quality and I love Coach Raba because he is an experienced lacrosse expert and also a really nice person. It is a great honor to be able to help out the team any way I can. I feel that I can fit in and contribute as an offensive player for the Cardinals. Wesleyan values athletics and the facilities are great. Many students play sports, even if they are on club teams or play just for fun. Students at Wesleyan are diverse and unique. Like me, they have a variety of interests, so I feel that its a great fit socially as well. Also, Wesleyan’s student body and campus gave off a great “vibe”, which made the decision that much easier.
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
I considered Swarthmore, Haverford, Tufts, Williams, Connecticut College and a few others.
What adjustments do you think you will need to make to play at the next level?
I think that playing on Long Island has prepared me to play at the next level. Great coaching from Coach McDermott, Coach Triolo, Coach Lukralle and Coach Merk at Huntington really helped me develop as a player. However I will need to become a much better player in order to contribute at the college level. So improvements in my dodging and outside shooting are needed. Also getting to the cage more and beating multiple defensive players will be a focus my senior year. In addition I think that I need to become stronger and faster and a more dynamic player to compete on the next level.
What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
Luckily I’ve grown up surrounded by lacrosse here in Huntington. The local tradition here and at the high school is very strong and I believe that as a player that definitely helps. The ability to have a stick in my hands as a young kid and the great competition here on Long Island allowed me to become a good player. My strengths on the field are my stick skills, high “lacrosse IQ,” and ability to distribute the ball to others.
I would describe myself as a quick, shifty player who can dodge, feed, move off-ball and contribute to the offense in a variety of ways. I think that I’m also decent at scooping ground balls and covering on the ride. I would consider myself a good all-around player that is comfortable and experienced on the field.
What players have you looked up to as you have moved up through the varsity ranks?
I try to take various parts of top players games and add them to mine in order to become a better lacrosse player. Some Huntington attackmen that have really influenced me are John Henry McNierny (Lehigh), Steve Mock (Cornell) and Zach Howell (Duke). Also, Huntington players such as the Bratton brothers at Virginia as well as my teammates now are players that I’ve admired.
When did you first realize you had the potential to play at the college level?
I realized that I had the potential to play at the next level when I saw players before me do it constantly. Ever since I was young I dreamed about playing in college at some point and it kind of became a reality in the past couple of years. Every year Huntington and Long Island produce good players and I really saw that when I came to the high school level. This past spring I attended a Division III game that featured two Top 10 teams. After viewing the game, I thought to myself that one day I could definitely compete at that level.
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