Matt Gendusa made up for some unfortunate timing this fall.
After missing most of the summer travel season with a broken hand injury, the Eastchester High School senior midfielder returned to action in October, competing in the Franklin & Marshall All-Star Fall Brawl as an independent player.
“I had pretty good day and it worked out great,” Gendusa said.
In fact, the midfielder, a faceoff specialist, has committed to play his college lax at F&M.
In addition to his play in the faceoff X, the 5-foot-11, 170-pound Gendusa is an unselfish and versatile player.
Here’s a Q&A with Matt on his commitment:
What were the main factors in your decision?
After visiting Franklin & Marshall early in my college search, I felt that any other school I compared to it fell short. Their blend of great academics and a strong lacrosse program was exactly what I was looking for. When I met with Coaches (Todd) Cavallaro (F&M’s head coach), (Assistant Coach Casey) Kear and (Assistant Coach Roly) Shover, and spent time on campus I knew this was the right choice.
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
Clark University, Dickinson College and Washington College among others.
What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
My greatest strengths are at the faceoff X and back on defense, and I ‘m a very unselfish player who always looks to make the extra pass offensively.
How did you start specializing in faceoffs and how have you developed your skills there?
When I first started playing lacrosse, no one on my team could face off, so my dad (Joe) decided that I would be the one to take them and we just ran with it from there.
Throughout my high school career, I have worked with Chris Eck at his clinics and Alex Smith and David Tamberrino at FOGO Lacrosse camps. This past winter I changed my grip from traditional to motorcycle, and that has lead to additional success.
What were some of the big summer showcase events you’ve competed in the last couple of years and how did you do at them?
Unfortunately this summer, I broke my hand early in the recruiting season at New England Top 150 and basically missed most of the summer with my club team, WestRock. Also, I was unable to play at Peak 200 and Hotbeds.
This fall though, F&M still wanted to see me, play so I was on an independent team at their Fall Brawl tournament. I had pretty good day and it worked out great.
For more info on Matt, check out his player profile by clicking here.
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