Rising senior star Anthony Berardis of defending Section 1 Class A champion Mahopac, a member of the 2010 HV Empire State Games team, gave a verbal commitment to Stony Brook and new coach Jim Nagle, the former head coach at Colgate.
The 6-foot-2 Berardis, a dodging midfielder, has good size, speed and athleticism.
Berardis, who scored the winning goal in Mahopac’s 12-11 double overtime win over Yorktown, selected the Seawolves over Albany, Penn State, Ohio State, Hofstra and Siena.
Here’s a Q&A with Anthony on his commitment:
What were the main factors in your decision to attend Stony Brook?
When I went for my visit, I automatically fell in love with the campus and facilities.
Another main reason was that Stony Brook has a great academic reputation and has the major that I am interested in.
After sitting down with Coach (Jim) Nagle, I felt really comfortable and knew that I wanted to play for him and the Stony Brook lacrosse program.
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
Early on I was considering Siena. After my junior year was completed I was considering Albany, Penn State, Ohio State and Hofstra. I visited Siena, Hofstra and Albany.
What adjustments do you think you will need to make to play at the next level?
I need to work on my strength and my shooting abilities with my right hand. I also need to adjust to the speed of the college level.
What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
My strengths as a player are my speed and dodging ability. I also have great vision of the field. I would describe my style of play as aggressive and fast-paced.
What players have you looked up to as you have moved up through the varsity ranks?
Okie Bernabo, John Brandofino, and Chase Thompson. All three helped me develop as a player.
When did you first realize you had the potential to play at the college level?
When I was a sophomore and received letters from college coaches during the summer. Also making the Hudson Valley Empire team as a sophomore presented tremendous opportunity.
* For more info on Anthony, including his highlight video, check out his recruit profile by clicking here.
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