Earlier this week, we spotlighted Lafayette-bound Matt Cortese, one of two goaltenders for defending New York State Class B champion Garden City who have committed for Division I programs, along with UMass-bound Danny Dolan.
Having two D-I goalie recruits is rare.
Three is almost unheard of.
Fairfield University-bound Will Collopy was the primary starter last year as a junior. Jimmy Danaher, who has committed to Marquette, performed well for the silver medal-winning Hudson Valley team at the inaugural Empire State Cup.
Like Di Giacomo, Danaher resides in Rockland County (N.Y.). The two are good friends.
“Competing with each other amps up all of our game and is definitely the reason we have all been so successful,” said Di Giacomo, who lives in Sloatsburg and went to Suffern schools up until hgh school.
Now, here’s a Q&A with Frank on his commitment.
What were the main factors in your decision?
I chose VMI because the team and coaching staff really made me feel at home during my overnight visit. The outstanding school reputation was also a deciding factor.
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
I strongly considered Merrimack, Sacred Heart and Union. I visited VMI, Sacred Heart, Merrimack, Union, St.Joes Philly, Hartford and Haverford
What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
My strengths would have to be my size, stick skills, controlling my defense and being able to push the pace of the game. VMI plays very fast-paced lacrosse which I think I can buy into very quickly.
What areas of your game have you been working to improve on?
Without a doubt, controlling the rides and clears. If I can really master that it will take my game to another level.
Who have been some of the biggest influences on you during your development as a player?
My buddy, Jimmy Danaher. We grew up playing goalie against one another and then met again in high school playing for Don Bosco. We both push each other day in and day out and help each other with what one another is lacking in.
What travel team did you play on and what were some of the big showcase events you participated in?
I played for Tri State All Stars. Some of the big events I attended were King of the Hill, Champ Camp and Tri State National.
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