Aside from John Jay, no team from the Hudson Valley region has more seniors committed to play lacrosse in college than Rye.
The six-time Class C sectional finalist Garnets have six players set to take their skills to the next level.
Among them is Briggs Barton, an athletic attackman with good size at 6-foot-3. Barton, a member of the Hudson Valley Empire State Games team, is bound for Connecticut College.
Here’s a Q&A with Briggs on his commitment:
What were the main factors in your decision to attend Connecticut College?
I’ve always wanted the opportunity to play lacrosse at a high level for a school that also has great academics and I will get both at Connecticut College. Coach Dave Cornell was the NESCAC coach of the year last year and the program is headed in the right direction. The campus and facilities were amazing and I felt right at home on my visit.
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
I made visits to Loyola, Fairfield, Penn State, Towson and UPenn.
What adjustments do you think you will need to make to play at the next level?
I will need to get faster and work on keeping my head up when I dodge.
What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
My strengths as a player are my versatility and ability to play equally with both hands. My style of play is very aggressive and I do whatever it takes to win.
What players have you looked up to as you have moved up through the varsity ranks?
I’ve looked up to both Cole McCormack and Mike Linehan. They were always hard workers and great leaders.
When did you first realize you had the potential to play at the college level?
I’ve wanted to play in college since I started playing lacrosse in sixth grade.
Rye senior commits
Click on the links to read the story on each player’s commitment, if available:
Christian Bonaventura, Middlebury, midfield
Jack O’Callaghan, Colgate, midfield
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