Some defensemen who have good size tend to lack mobility and range.

Not George Deignan.

The St. Anthony’s 6-foot-2, 185-pound senior, likes to pressure  and pursue opposing offensive players he guards.

That’s one of the attributes that made Deignan and his takeaway talents a target of several Division I programs.

He has committed to Binghamton University and its first-year head coach, Scott Nelson.

Now, here’s a Q&A with George on his commitment.

What were the main factors in your decision to attend Binghamton?
They have an excellent business program, a beautiful campus and it’s only four hours away.

What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
Villanova, Lafayette, Brown, Fairfield and Stony Brook. I visited Villanova and Lafayette.

St. Anthony’s now has 17 college committed players. Is this a special source of pride for the program?
It is definitely a source of pride. It’s great to see so many guys on the squad have the talent to compete in college. We are all looking forward to this upcoming season and playing with all our teammates for one final year.

What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
My abilities to take away the ball. I throw a lot of wild checks behind the cage because I know if I miss them I have time to recover. I’d say my style of play is fast-paced, because whenever my attackman has the ball, I always press out and pressure them.

When did you first realize you had the potential to play at the college level?
When my cousin who played at UMass (1998 UMass grad John Kasselakis, a goaltender from Manhasset High School) came to see me play at one of my freshman games. He asked me what colleges I liked and where I would like to go. I asked him why he had asked me that question and he said that I definitely had a future at the next level. That made me work hard throughout the next few years to get to where I am now.

What coaches and other players have had the biggest influence on you during your development as a player?
One of our coaches at St. Anthonys;, Doug Schrieber, has been a huge influence on me. He was my JV football coach and would talk to me about lacrosse every day at practice. His being a Maryland All American made it easy to take his advice. He gave me a workout plan and always told me I had great potential to become a great player.

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