Quinn Mendelson will have the opportunity to be part of building a Division I lacrosse program from its very foundation.
The standout from Staples High School in Westport, Conn., has decided to join the brand-new program at Boston University.
Mendelson is a 6-foot, 180-pound right-handed defenseman.
What were the main factors in your decision?
There were a lot of factors. In the end, BU had everything I was looking for. It’s a top academic school, in an amazing location, with an incredible athletics program. (Head) Coach (Ryan) Polley really made me feel at home on campus. The opportunity to be a part of the first lacrosse team at BU is one that I felt couldn’t be passed up.
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
I considered a number of schools, most of them being Ivy or NESCAC. I liked every school I was talking with, but in the end BU was the right fit for me.
What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
I think one of my strengths is my ability to see the field and communicate it with the rest of the defense. I’ve had the opportunity to play lacrosse for so long that there are certain things you pick up on to understand what the offense is trying to do to you and how to stop it. I’d describe my style of play as very fast-paced. I love clearing the ball and getting the ball to the offense in a fastbreak situation.
What are your thoughts on joining a brand-new collegiate program from the ground up and having a role in its rise?
I couldn’t be more excited for the opportunity. Obviously we will all have to work extremely hard to have success in the early stages of the program. We’re playing in the Patriot League which is one of the most competitive leagues in the country. BU has an incredible athletic history and we all are going to work to perform at a level that makes the school proud.
Who have been some of the biggest influences on you during your development as a player?
I’ve had lots of influences. Early on, my dad and my brother, Kyle (who plays at Loyola-Marymount), taught me how to play and to respect the game. I was taught that for many, it is more than a game, but a gift.
As I made the switch to defense in eighth grade, my high school defensive coach, Matt Johnson, never let a day go by where he wasn’t teaching me how to become a better defenseman. I was fortunate enough to be on varsity as a freshman with my brother his senior year. That team had incredible upperclassmen who I learned so much from. Also, my summer lacrosse coach, Gerry Fay, made sure I was getting better every summer. There really are so many people who I can credit as influences on my development.
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