Many of the key contributors on Harrison’s sectional quarterfinal team this past season were underclassmen.
One of those underclassmen has emerged as one of the top midfielders in the Hudson Valley.
He’s rising junior Jake Marino.
The 5-foot-9, 175-pound Marino, who is also a football standout for Harrison, verbally committed to the UMass over the weekend.
Marino is a strong, aggressive two-way midfielder with an accurate and fast outside shot.
“As a sophomore, Jake dominated opponents in a very competitive Section 1,” Harrison coach Jay Rabinowitz said. “Jake plays like a college player. He consistently has his head up, making plays or finishing left and right from all over the field.
“Most importantly, Jake is extremely mature for his age and knows that working hard year-round will make himself and our team competitive. Jake will make an immediate impact at the D-I level.”
Now, here’s a Q&A with Jake on his commitment:
What were the main factors in your decision?
UMass fits my needs as a student academically, athletically and socially. It just feels like the right place for me and I am looking forward to the opportunity to play lacrosse at the D-I collegiate level
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
Army, Providence, Siena, Maryland and High Point. It was early in the recruiting process, so I only visited Army and UMass to date.
What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
I’m fast, tough, aggressive with a strong dodging ability and high speed shot.
Who have been some of the biggest influences on you during your development as a player?
Coaches and teammates both past and present and my parents.
You are one of several players who made impacts on Harrison’s varsity team as underclassmen this past season. What’s our early read on how the team looks for next year?
With most of the core players returning, and a strong coaching staff, should get us closer to competing for a sectional title.
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