The Dobbs Ferry football team starts state playoff action on Saturday when it takes on O’Neill High School at Dietz Stadium in Kingston.

The college futures of two of the leading players on that Dobbs team will be in lacrosse – and not football.

We told you about midfielder John Yozzo-Scapperrotta, who has committed to Brown.

Yozzo-Scapperrotta, a running back, rushed for 138 yards in the Eagles’ win over Bronxville in the Section 1 Class C title game.

A big reason for that performance was the play of right guard Darien Bica, who also stars on defense at linebacker.

Bica, a longstick midfielder/defenseman in lacrosse, is also bound for the Division I level.

The 5-foor-11, 180-pound Bica, a senior, is bound for Manhattan College.

Now, here’s a Q&A with Bica on his commitment:

What were the main factors in your decision?
There were many different things. I had visited the school for an overnight a few weeks back and I loved it.  I was able to determine that overall, Manhattan was the best fit for me both academically and athletically.

What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
I was looking at both Ithaca and C.W. Post as well as Manhattan. I visited all three schools over the summer for a tour. About a month ago, I took an overnight at Ithaca as well as Manhattan.

What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
Probably putting pressure on the ball and just being a workhorse on ground balls and clears. I would describe my style of play as quick paced with high pressure.

What area of your game do you think you need to improve on?
It definitely would be my stick skills.

When did you first realize you had the potential to play at the college level?
I truly never thought much about playing college lacrosse until the summer going into my sophomore year when Joe Ceglia, who first sparked my interest in lacrosse in eighth grade, told me that he feels I can play at the next level.

What were some of the big summer showcase events you’ve competed in the last couple of years and how did you do?
The past couple of years I have gone to two big summer showcases. The first was Maverick Showtime. There I was able to play against some of the best kids in the countries and I realized that it was going to take a lot of work for me to be good enough to play at the college level.

The second showcase I went to was Peak 200 which is where I was really able to get noticed for the first time and is how I was able to catch the eye of the coaches from Manhattan.

* For more info on Darien, including his highlight video, check out his player profile by clicking here.

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