Sachem North High School is located less than 10 minutes from Stony Brook University’s campus.
So it should come as no surprise that the Seawolves have been attracted some of Sachem North’s premier players.
But location is just one of the factors for the influx of Flaming Arrows to Stony Brook.
You’ll find out some of the other reasons by reading on.
That’s because earlier today, Joe reported on Twitter.com/joe_lombardi that one of the premier faceoff specialists in the region, rising junior midfielder Mike Calvagna of Sachem North, verbally committed to the Seawolves.
The 5-foot-9, 165-pound Calvagna is a righty with exceptional stick skills who is physically strong.
Now, here’s a Q&A with Mike on his commitment.
What were the main factors in your decision?
As one of the top universities in the country, Stony Brook has everything I was looking for in academics and athletics. Coach (Jim) Nagle and his staff made me feel comfortable about fitting into their program. It is also close enough to home for my family to come and watch me play.
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
I was considering Ohio State, Marquette, Penn State and Michigan. I had plans of visiting all of these schools, but I committed after I visited Stony Brook.
How did you develop your skills as a faceoff specialist and how did you get drawn to this position?
My faceoff trainer, John Antoniades, who is a current member of the Hofstra University lacrosse team, taught me correct techniques and gave me all of the tools I needed to be an effective face off man. I was drawn to the position because possession is a key to the game and I believed I would succeed in this area.
How many schools were you in contact with after the Long Island Showcase last month?
I was in communication with about five Division I schools.
Who have been some of the biggest influences on you during your development as a player?
I would especially like to thank my head coach (at Sachem North), Jason Mauro, for my progress, preparing me for the next level as a lacrosse player, and helping me out with the recruiting process . I would also like to thank my other coaches Coach Petillo, Lang and Benway for my development over the years. I want to thank my offseason trainers at Dominant Natural Athletics for my physical growth.
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