Maine may not be known as a lacrosse hotbed, but it was the breeding ground for one of the nation’s top rising juniors.

He’s midfielder Willy Sipperly.

Sipperly, who is attending the Taft School in Watertown, Conn., is a native of Portland, Maine, verbally committed to the University of Virginia last week as first reported on

The 5-foot-11, 185-pound midfielder is a righty who scored 43 goals last season as a sophomore at Falmouth High School in Maine. He is an athletic and aggressive player with a strong outside shot, as his highlight film attests.

Now, here’s a Q&A with Willie on his commitment.

What were the main factors in your decision?
There is no doubt that 3D was a big help and made me understand that I could play competitive lacrosse. Playing at UVa will allow me to play lacrosse at a top program  with some of the best players, while getting an excellent education.

What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
I had just started talking to schools but made my decision early when I visited UVa.  UVa has always been my dream team.

What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
I’d like to think I can create space after a dodge and shooting.

What areas of your game do you think you need to work on?
I need to work on playing better defense.

Who have been some of the biggest influences on you during your development as a player?
My dad was a huge influence.

What travel team did you play on and what were some of the big showcase events you participated in this summer?
I played on 3d Select. FLG in 3d was the showcase that helped me the most, for sure.

* For more info on Willy, check out his player profile by clicking here.

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5 Responses to “Rising junior Sipperly’s path will take him from Maine to Virginia”

  1. Obsever Lax says:

    Sounds like TP is really building a strong private school program under Coach Bell.

  2. Laximus says:

    Maine. wow. Really shows how lax has spread.

  3. john orlando says:

    Willy’s father, Bill was a great All-American midfielder at Suffern HS and Hobart. Uncle Dick, Suffern and Cortland and Uncle Bob Suffern and Hobart.

    Willy has cousins who have played at West Point and Notre Dame and one currently at Bryant.

    Great lacrosse background.

  4. SirLaxalot says:

    Great info. Thanks Coach. Hope all is well with you.

  5. gangstashady45 says:

    LOL sippy you dog. doin big thangs. unreal.

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