If you checked our “Update recruiting review and commitment rundown” bright and early on Monday morning, you learned of a major commitment.
Byram Hills junior standout goaltender Andrew Larrabee has given a verbal commitment to the University of Notre Dame.
Larrabee is getting set to start another summer season for the Prime Time travel team.
Here’s a Q&A with Andrew on his commitment.
What were the main factors in your decision to attend Notre Dame?
Notre Dame really had everything I wanted. Great academics, an undergraduate business program, beautiful campus, tremendous school spirit and traditions, top-notch sports programs and facilities, and of course, the chance to be part of a lacrosse team that competes for a national championship. There was also a real family atmosphere there that made me feel at home.
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
I was talking to and/or visited a wide range of both DI and DIII schools since the early fall, including several Ivies, Bucknell, Lafayette, Fairfield, Delaware, Colgate, Middlebury, Gettysburg and Washington & Lee, but Notre Dame was always at the top of my list. I had a terrific visit there in March, where I stayed over with former Rye defenseman, Don Keough, and left with a great feeling that it was definitely the right place for me.
What adjustments do you think you will need to make to play at the next level?
Continue to improve all aspects of my game. I am hoping to get a little bigger and stronger. I am going to work my hardest
What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
Quick hands, good communication and the ability to turn defense into offense quickly.
When did you first realize you had the potential to play at the college level?
It’s always been a goal of mine, but I wasn’t sure what kind of opportunities I would actually have. When I made the All-Star team at the Maverik Showtime camp last summer and later went to Jake Reed’s camp, I got a lot exposure and I became pretty optimistic that I could play in college.
What players have you looked up to as you have moved up through the varsity ranks?
Andrew Lohrfink (Georgetown) and Stefan Carpentieri (Syracuse) from Byram Hills both showed me that with hard work it was possible to play D-I coming from a small high school program.
However, I’ve really looked up to so many of my other teammates as well as the coaching staff at Byram over the years that have given me much encouragement and support.
Also, several former players and coaches from the area like Nick Daniello at PrimeTime, Mike McCall and Paul Carcaterra from No Limit, and Ric Beardsley, gave me a lot of valuable advice and help throughout the recruiting process which I very much appreciate.
Before we close here, we have a quick programming note.
You can watch the final regular-season edition of “Lombardi on Lacrosse” on MSG Varsity’s “High School SportsDesk” show this week on iO Channel 14 on a special day – Wednesday – at the regular time: 6 p.m. (The show reairs at 9 p.m.).
On Tuesday’s “SportsDesk,” be sure to catch a special interview with longtime Farmingdale coach Bob Hartranf by Carl Reuter. Hartranf just won his first state this year after 42 years of coaching.
Then, next week, on Tuesday, June 21, we wrap up the year in an hour-long season review special at 6 p.m. on MSGV Channel 14. I’ll be joined by Jared Greenberg, Shawna Ryan, Jimmy Cavallo, Keith Irizarry and Lou Brogno.
Finally, the final MaxPreps XCellent 20 national rankings were released today. Be sure to check them out by clicking here. The final rankings article also reviews the state championships games in New York, Connecticut and New Jersey.
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