A strong summer, including a solid outing at Jake Reed Blue Chip, helped cement defenseman Brian Dunne’s status as a target recruit for many of the nation’s premier programs.
Dunne, a rising junior from Chaminade High School, verbally committed to attend Duke last week.
He joins teammate Greg Rhodes, a rising senior midfielder, as a Blue Devils commit.
Now, here’s a Q&A with Brian on his commitment:
What were the main factors in your decision to attend Duke?
The main factor was the education I will receive at Duke. It’s a great school. The coaches are great, and it will be an honor to play for Coach (John) Danowski and his staff. They made me feel very comfortable when I made a visit to the campus. I loved the campus and I also like the fact that it is warm weather most of the year.
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
I was considering Maryland, UNC and Notre Dame. I made visits to Maryland and UNC. They are great schools, but Duke was a good fit for me.
What adjustments do you think you will need to make to play at the next level?
The adjustment I will have to make is speed. The game is getting much quicker and I need to work on that. I have to get stronger and always learn more about the game.
What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
My strengths are, I would say, one-on-one defense, and being able to move the ball up the field. I pride myself on playing good position defense. I would describe my style as tough physical defender.
Chaminade has a tradition of sending players to Duke. Did that play a role in your decision?
Yes definitely. Chaminade is a great place for academics and lacrosse, they have sent a lot of players to Duke, and they have all been successful, so I hope I can keep that tradition going.
When did you first realize you had the potential to play at the college level?
I realized that I had potential to play at the college level when I started playing with the Long Island Express and could compete at a higher level of lacrosse against great teams. When I was younger I would always play with my brother Stephen and his team who were older than me and they would always push me to get better.
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