CHSAA fans have an intriguing game within a game to look forward to the next two seasons whenever archrivals Fordham Prep and Iona Prep meet on the lacrosse field.
It will be happening in the faceoff X.
For Iona Prep, it’s Michael Orefice, who verbally committed to national champion Loyola in the spring.
Orefice will be paired against Joe DeLasho, who yesterday committed to Fairfield University, as reported at Twitter.com/joe_lombardi.
DeLasho, like Orefice, made an impact on the varsity level as a sophomore, as his highlight film shows.
“He is a great kid and we are depending on him to step up our offense next year while equalizing Iona Prep’s Mike Orefice at faceoff,” Iona Prep coach Len DeLucia said of DeLasho.
DeLasho is coming off a strong summer for the Prime Time 2014 travel team.
“He dominated for that team and made the all-star team at the King of the HIll camp and he also was an all-star at Blue Chip 225,” PT Director Nick Daniello said.
Now, here’s a Q&A with Joe on his commitment.
What were the main factors in your decision?
Academics, athletics, the facilities and the campus, and the coaches. The reputation of Fairfield’s academics is very good and that was the biggest factor. They obviously have a great team, and the facilities and campus are outstanding.
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
I considered Villanova, Siena, Binghamton and Rutgers. I visited Siena and Binghamton.
How did you develop your skills as a faceoff specialist and how did you get drawn to this position?
From when I was young on my recreation team, the best middies always were asked to take faceoffs. I started when I was young and it became a competition between my friends who could be the best.
I went to all different camps and loved facing off. Also, (former Duke star) C.J. Costabile is a family friend and I always admired his ability to do well at faceoffs with a long pole.
Who have been some of the biggest influences on you during your development as a player?
My parents have been the biggest influence, always pushing me and making me to give the most I had. Also my recreation coaches from Eastchester Blue Devils helped me develop as a middie and as a faceoff man. Lastly my coaches at Fordham Prep are a huge influence because they always push me to be better to go on and play in college.
What travel team did you play on and what were some of the big showcase events you participated in this summer?
I played for Prime Time 2014 and a couple of games for my school summer team, the New York City Hitmen. For Prime Time, I played at MVP and King of the Hill, but the best one had to (the Battle of the) Hotbeds. It was filled with coaches.
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