It gets late early out there.
That old Yogi Berra line, initially used to describe the conditions for left fielders battling the setting sun in the old Yankee Stadium, can also be used when it comes to recruiting.
As we told you earlier on Tuesday, we saw our first sophomore verbal commitment for the nation’s No. 1 lax hotbed, the Hudson Valley/Long Island/Connecticut region, made this week.
Though he has three varsity seasons remaining, Syosset sophomore goaltender Ryan Feit has decided his college future will be at Johns Hopkins.
If you checked our “Updated recruiting review and commitment rundown” tonight, you also learned that Sachem North junior attackman/midfielder Cody Petillo has committed to Rutgers. More on that to come.
Feit, who is one of a handful of players to make the Long Island ESG team before their sophomore season, becomes the second Syosset player to commit to a major D-I program this month. This past Monday, we told you that junior attackman Ryan Hunter has verbally committed to Ohio State. Just like Hunter, Feit made an impact on the Braves’ varsity team as a freshman.
Now, without further ado, here’s a Q&A with Ryan Feit on his commitment to Hopkins.
What were the main factors in your decision to attend Hopkins?
Growing up, I attended lots of Hopkins games in Baltimore and always watched the team play on TV, becoming a huge fan. It has been my dream to play there since the very beginning of my lacrosse career. Going there and meeting with Coach (Dave) Pietramala was an amazing experience. His enthusiasm for the lacrosse program and the school and its strong academics are what sealed the deal for me.
The lacrosse team at Johns Hopkins is a second family for the players and being able to have share in that experience is something I look forward to. I want to win a D-I championship so hopefully there will be one in the future for Johns Hopkins University.
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
I was also thinking about Princeton, Harvard and Cornell.
What adjustments do you think you will need to make to play at the next level?
I will try to work on my athletic ability outside of the cage and really focus on speeding up my hands so I get to the shots quicker.
What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
My ability to get out of the net and take control of the ball and take control of the defense are a few of my great strengths. I am a very aggressive goalie and not afraid to come out and make the play on the loose balls around the net.
What players have you looked up to as you have moved up through the varsity ranks?
Playing varsity as an eighth-grader there were many upperclassmen I looked up to. Thomas Keith (Cornell), Ryan Hunter (Ohio State), Doug Tesoriero (Cornell), Alirio DeMeireles (Yale) and Justin Feit (Columbia). They were always there to help me improve my game and get extra practice with me when I needed it.
When did you first realize you had the potential to play at the college level?
When I was in seventh grade I realized if I continued to work hard I could play college lacrosse. My high school coach (John Calabria) was always there to help and inspire me, and he keeps pushing me to reach my potential.
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