Trinity-Pawling has been making some major noise on the national lacrosse season this season.

The Pride handed one of the nation’s top teams, Deerfield, an 8-7 overtime loss  on April 18.

“It was by far one of the greatest moments in my lacrosse career so far,” said Somers resident Taylor Miller, a senior defenseman/longstick midfielder for TP. “Winning a game like that is something that I will never forget.

“The biggest key to winning was taking Deerfield out of their comfort zone. We needed to have sustained offensive possessions.  It ultimately came down to playing near-perfect lacrosse for 48 minutes.”

Today, TP dealt Avon Old Farms only its second setback of the season in an 11-10 win.

The Pride has some big games coming up, including contests against Hotchkiss and Taft.

Miller, meanwhile, has plenty to look forward to beyond that. He will be continuing his lacrosse career at the Rensselear Polytechnic Institute.

Here are Taylor’s thoughts on his college choice:

What were the main factors in your decision?
Choosing RPI was an easy choice for me to make.  I knew I wanted to study Engineering at one of the best schools in the country as well as play lacrosse at a high level.  The RPI campus is beautiful, the athletic facilities are top rated, and Coach (Jim) Townsend and the coaching staff are great.

What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
I knew I wanted to play lacrosse at the D-III level so that I could find a comfortable balance between school and lacrosse.  I took a very serious look at Williams, Middlebury, Union, Skidmore and Ohio Wesleyan.  I knew immediately that RPI was the perfect fit for me.

What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
I’d say my biggest strength is my field awareness.  I generally don’t get caught out of position.  I have pretty good stick skills when clearing but I especially like to ride.  I also really like man-down defense.

What areas of your game have you been working to improve on?
I’ve been working hard to be more aggressive on-ball.  I don’t throw a lot of checks, and have been working on doing this a lot more.  I have already seen a large improvement over the course of this year.

Who have been some of the biggest influences on you during your development as a player?
The biggest influence on me as a player has definitely been my dad (Robert). He has pushed me to become a better and better player, and without him I definitely would not be where I am today. We have a new coach at Trinity Pawling this season, Nic Bell, who is very good and has pushed me to continue to improve my game.

* Have a recruiting commitment to report? Email us at info@laxlessons.com.

* For more on Taylor, check his player profile by clicking here.

LAXLESSONS Links

Player’s perspective archive

* You can  check out the more than 100 stories by clicking here.

Schedules galore

* For a look at boys and girls schedules for teams from throughout the region, be sure to check out  the “Schedules scanner” thread.

Recruiting coverage

* Updated recruiting review and commitment rundown (for classes of 2012, ’13 and ’14)

* 2011 NLI Fall Early Signing Period commitment rundown

* Class of 2011 commitment rundown

* Recruit profile archive

* For a list of committed players with their profiles up, click here.

* To get your profile up, click here.

Connect with us

* Follow LaxLessons on Twitter by clicking here.

* Become a Fan of LaxLessons on Facebook now by clicking here.

Get in the game

* You can subscribe to LaxLessons.com’s playbook, featuring animated drills and plays for your team, by clicking here. 

Cast your vote in our latest poll

To vote, go to the right panel of this page. Then, scroll past the “New Comments” and “Popular” tabs and click on “Poll.” You will then see the poll questions and can cast your vote from the multiples choices, or, write in your choice if it’s not one of the choices.

Lacrosse for Dummies

Order a copy of the 330-page new edition of the book by Joe Lombardi here.

Posted In: New England lacrosse, Recruiting updates, Section 1

If you liked this article, please take this time to share it with your Facebook friends using the Facebook button (see Facebook post button to the left) or retweet it using Twitter (see retweet button to the left). You may also want to follow us or subscribe to the site to stay up-to-date with this article. If you'd rather follow us from your Facebook account, join our Facebook fan page.

4 Responses to “RPI-bound Miller helps Trinity-Pawling notch huge wins over Deerfield, Avon Old Farms”

  1. Relax says:

    Thanks for covering my Alma mater. That Deearfield win was something & by backing it up with the Avon win the kids proved it wasn’t a fluke.

  2. LaxFan says:

    The win against DA was for sure a fluke considering TP’s 6-5 record…looks like DA has finally picked it up as they got it going against Hotchkiss.

    • Relax says:

      Yeah that’s right! Hang your hat on the hotchkiss win! A team that had just lost to Avon(T-P beat Avon) Or maybe you should Hang your hat on the Brunswick OT win or the one goal Taft win. Check your facts before being wrong. Deerfield’s been overrated all year. No Fluke Here!

  3. smith family says:

    Congratulations T! Good luck at RPI. You will do great!

Leave a Reply