Dan Hanson can beat a defender in any number of ways.
The Arlington junior midfielder has good athleticism, speed, stick skills and dodging ability.
Those are attributes that should also spell success at the next level.
Hanson decided where that will be – at the University at Albany.
What were the main factors in your decision to attend Albany?
I felt it was the perfect fit for me both academically and for lacrosse.
Albany has so many choices for me to major in and the lacrosse program is a top program in the country.
When I went up for my visit Coach (Scott) Marr and the rest of the coaching staff really made me feel at home and made me feel part of the Albany lacrosse family.
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
Dartmouth, Drexel, Hobart and Hofstra. The only school I visited was Albany.
What adjustments do you think you will need to make to play at the next level?
My shooting on the run, getting faster and stronger and also my defense.
What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
My strengths as a player are being able to dodge from all over the field, able to see the field well to make good feeds and also clearing the ball up field. I would describe my style of play as fast-paced and more run and gun.
Have you taken pride being a part of the growth of the Arlington program and do you hope to help Albany re-establish itself as a D-I contender as well?
Yes, I have taken great pride in Arlington’s growth as a program and seeing us progress tremendously every year. Coach Connolly has really turned our progam completly around and so has Coach Colarusso by coaching our youth programs. I definitely hope to help Albany re-establish itself as a D-I contender and want to have a chance at competing for a national championship
When did you first realize you had the potential to play at the college level?
I feel the first time I realized I had the potential to play at the next level was probably my sophomore summer because at all the recruiting camps I attended i played with some of the nation’s top players and I realized I can compete with most of the players out there.
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