If you’ve been following us here and on Twitter the last few days, there has been no shortage of commitments.
This morning, we reported that Manhasset junior attackman Dino Lavalle verballed to Brown. Lavalle, who committed on Sunday night, has been a standout on the Long Island Sting since the ninth grade.
Over the weekend, we told you about the region’s 13th sophomore to verbal: Penn State-bound Sachem North standout defenseman Michael Aronow.
And yesterday, we told you about one school that saw three of its players to commit to Division I programs: Trinity Pawling, located in New York’s Hudson Valley.
The three — all juniors — happen to be from Ontario. Two of them will be attending Sacred Heart, including Julian Garritano.
The 5-foot-11, 180-pound Garritano is a strong two-way midfielder with exceptional stick skills.
Now, let’s get Julian’s thoughts on his commitment:
What were the main factors in your college commitment?
The size of the school, education, and if I could see myself spending four years there. When I walked onto the campus of SHU for the first time, I really felt like the school was a great fit for me.
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
Stony Brook, Siena, Hartford and Albany.
What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
My athleticism and my vision of the field. My style of play is a physical presence on the field, but also as a playmaker. I don’t mind fighting for loose balls and I believe that I have the ability to make plays happen.
When did you first start playing the sport in Canada, how were you introduced to it, and where did you play before Trinity Pawling?
I started to play lacrosse when I was six years old. I was at the town community center and I walked into the arena because I heard noise and people cheering. So being curious I walked in and saw guys playing lacrosse and I told my dad that I had to try to play. I used to play for the Toronto Beaches U-19 team and the Markham Iornheads before I attended TP, and Edge Junior Elite.
Did you and the other two D-I bound juniors from Trinity Pawling (midfielder Bryce Jurk/Sacred Heart and midfielder Gianni Bianchin/UMass) play together in Canada?
Yes we all did play on the same summer travel team, Edge Junior Elite. We played against each other in box lacrosse for our respective towns but played for the Edge team together. Going on road trips together and all having the same goals made it easy to get along.
Now that we all attend the same high school, there’s nothing like it. Living away from home is tough enough but having to do it was two guys that you know just makes it a whole lot easier. Also going to the same university with Bryce now makes me feel like we will be able to make the transition from prep school to college a whole lot easier, both on and off the field.
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