When Yorktown and Lakeland/Panas square off next season in the 2012 version of the annual Charlie Murphy Cup, the game will have a definite Springfield College feel to it.
That’s because two of the top players involved — both of whom are midfielders — will be playing their college lax there.
We told you earlier this week that Yorktown’s Joey Raniolo committed to the Pride.
Tonight, on our “Updated recruiting review and commitment rundown,” we reported that Lakeland/Panas’ Tony Laguerre, who is also a senior, has selected Springfield.
The 5-foot-11, 165-pound Laguerre, a righty, is a strong player in transition who has good stick skills and a competitive streak that makes him a tough matchup for opposing teams.
Now, here’s a Q&A with Tony on his choice:
What were the main factors in your decision?
I was looking for a school that had a great reputation in the health sciences such as Physical Education and Therapy, as well as a competitive and traditional lacrosse program. I found all of that in Springfield and when visiting I immediately felt that it was a perfect fit for me.
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
I visited Western New England and was also considering Union, Keene and C.W. Post.
What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
My lacrosse IQ, off-ball play and ability to initiate and redodge.
How are some current and/or former Lakeland/Panas players you looked up to and learned from while making your way up through varsity?
Growing up watching guys like Drew Collins and Keith Rodriguez encouraged me to get better and one day make my own name for myself at Lakeland. In the past few years, playing alongside great players and guys like Conor Prunty, Rob Caffrey and Shawn Honovich really helped me learn and grow as a player.
When did you first realize you had the potential to play at the college level?
Making varsity as a sophomore on a team of that caliber really gave me confidence. Then right after my sophomore year, I filled a spot at Hotbeds in Delaware for the WestRock team. I played well and got some attention from college coaches.
What were some of the big summer showcase events you’ve competed in the last couple of years and how did you do?
Over the past few years I’ve played for WestRock at the UMass Mid-Summer Classic and Hotbeds at Delaware. Playing well at these tournaments earned me attention from coaches and a chance to play in front of schools I had been considering.
* For more info on Tony, check out his player profile by clicking here.
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