To say Yorktown’s Frankie Fusco was destined for lacrosse success also since birth would not be an overstatement.
The Yorktown High School rising senior’s father, Frank Sr., was a defenseman and captain on the first Yorktown team in school history that advanced to the state championship game.
So Fusco, a 5-foot-10 lefty attackman, was immersed in lacrosse from a young age.
Now, he’ll be playing it at the next level.
As we told you earlier this week on our “Updated recruiting review and commitment rundown,” Fusco has verbally committed to Drexel.
Drexel’s younger brother, Austin, is a rising sophomore defenseman for the Huskers.
Now, here’s a Q&A with Frankie on his commitment:
What were the main factors in your decision to attend Drexel?
I felt like I had an instant connection with (Assistant) Coach (Chris) Collins. The academic co-op program offers on-the-job training as well as earning income to help with my tuition. It gives me a good opportunity to see if this is the path I want to take. I liked the city atmosphere and I feel like it’s a place where I can make an impact on the lacrosse program.
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
Albany, Towson, Delaware, C.W. Post, Mercyhurst, Salisbury and Stevenson. The schools I visited were Towson, Salisbury, Delaware and Drexel.
What adjustments do you think you will need to make to play at the next level?
Work on my right hand, get physically stronger and improve my dodging.
What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
Shooting on the run and time and room shooting. Another strength is riding hard with good anticipation. I feel I am a very intense player and bring a lot to the field.
What players have you looked up to as you have moved up through the varsity ranks?
Coming into a new school and program John Ranagan was someone I looked up to and he even welcomed me by asking me to wear his number. Justin Mabus and Ty Schuldt always knew how to keep my head in the game and they were very good leaders. Along with Justin and Ty, Tyler Fahey and Danny Donatelli contributed so much as captains this year and showed us how your teammates are your family. Together they showed us strength and success.
I always knew of the Yorktown tradition growing up listening to stories my dad shared with us and had the pleasure of visiting Mr. Murph (Yorktown lacrosse co-founder Charlie Murphy) at his house on a couple of occasions. I was able to shoot on the same goal my dad shot on 30 years ago. It left a big impression on me.
Coaches Dave Marr, Sean Carney, Adam Lodewick, Rob Doerr and Dave Graham all helped me to become the player I am today. Paul Carcaterra and Mike McCall kept me playing competitively during the summer. A lot of what I know now is because of all their input in my game. To be a part of the Yorktown lacrosse family is something people dream of and it is special to be a part of.
When did you first realize you had the potential to play at the college level?
I don’t think it was something I realized but it was a goal I set for myself at a very young age.
* For more info on Frank, check out his recruit profile by clicking here.
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