For TJ Greenhill, the decision where to play in college went well beyond lacrosse.
And, in fact, college.
The Huntington High School rising senior set out to find a school that would put him in the best possible position in 2017, and not necessarily 2013.
That’s one of the main reasons Greenhill, who hopes to become an athletic trainer, settled on Rutgers.
For the 5-foot-10, 170-pound Greenhill, a lefty, the choice of the Scarlet Knights is one of the highlights of a journey that began in second grade when he first started playing the sport.
Now, here’s a Q&A with TJ on his commitment:
What were the main factors in your decision?
The fact that Rutgers has my major in Athletic Training and is a school that I can see myself making an impact on as a lacrosse player. Also, it is in close proximity to home but far enough that I don’t have to stay home. They have a very nice campus that really made me feel comfortable to go there. Rutgers really is a great fit for me all around.
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
I had visited Towson University, Salisbury University and Lynchburg College. I considered those three schools as well as Cortland State University and Washington College.
What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
I believe that I am a good ball-stopper and that I excel in the clearing game. I like to make the save and outlet the ball as soon as possible to a clearing midfielder. Overall, I’m a speedy goalie with quick hands.
What areas of your game have you been working to improve on?
I have been working to improve all areas but most specifically off-stick-hip saves. Those are the saves that really give me the hardest time in net.
Who have been some of the biggest influences on you during your development as a player?
The biggest influence on me as a goalie was my uncle Lenny Schoen who gave me the opportunity to play the position back in third grade. Another very large influence was my Express coach, John Lennon, who really helped me shape my game in grades 5-8. Also, my parents have been huge supporters of my game, especially when they were driving me back and forth to practices almost everyday.
What travel team did you play on and what were some of the big showcase events you participated in last summer?
I played for the travel team named For the Love of the Game. Our team played in great tournaments such as King of the Hill, MVP and the Long Island Classic. I made the All-Star game for both King of the Hill and MVP and my team played very well in every tournament we participated in. Also, during my rising-junior summer, I went to the Maverik Showtime camp which really helped put my name on the map for college.
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