Wednesday is a big day for games involving teams in the ultra competitive Suffolk County Class A.
Among the matchups is a showdown between Ward Melville and Smithtown West. The teams split their two meetings last year, with Smithtown West winning in the county semifinals.
One of the key players to watch in tomorrow’s game will be WM junior midfielder Christian Mazzone.
The 5-foot-9, 155-pound Mazzone is an adept dodger with good quickness and field awareness.
As we told you late last week on Twitter, Mazzone verbally committed to Rutgers.
Now, let’s hear from Christian on his selection:
What were the main factors in your decision?
I chose Rutgers University because I have tremendous respect for Coach (Brian) Brecht and his staff. His desire to build his program appeals to me and I want to help him accomplish this task. Also, I like the location of Rutgers and its campus. Academically, I feel that it is a good fit for me and that I will do very well there.
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
Army, Colgate and Albany.
What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
My dodging ability, my field awareness and my ability to run the field.
What areas of your game have you been working to improve on?
My off hand and shooting on the run.
Who have been some of the biggest influences on you during your development as a player?
My father (Ken Mazzone) because he was my first coach and he taught me the basics of the game. Also my older brothers, Kenny and Will, taught me the ins and outs of the game and practicing with them has helped me in becoming a stronger player.
What travel team did you play on and what were some of the big showcase events you participated in last summer?
I played for Ward Melville Elite this past summer and top showcases that I attended were Top 205, Hotbeds and the Tristate Tournament.
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