Conner Phillips has all the attributes you would look for in a Division I defensive recruit.
The rising junior at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School in New Jersey is 6-foot-3 and 205 pounds. In addition to his size, he has outstanding stick skills, especially for a defenseman. His talents are on full display on his highlight film.
But perhaps most important, Phillips knows in order to reach his potential at the next level, he needs to work hard to improve — in all areas.
By the time Phillips arrives at his college destination, Syracuse University, he should be an even player then than he’s been for Rumson-Fair Haven and for his travel squad, Team United.
Now, here’s a Q&A with Conner on his commitment.
What were the main factors in your decision?
I wanted to play D-I lacrosse, and decided Syracuse would offer me the opportunity to compete at the highest level so I would reach my potential in lacrosse and get a great education as well.
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
I visited Colgate, Fairfield and Holy Cross.
What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
My one-on-one coverage is my biggest strength right now. I play an aggressive style defense.
What areas of your game have you been working to improve on?
All of them.
Who have been some of the biggest influences on you during your development as a player?
I have been influenced by many coaches and family members throughout my lacrosse career.
From my fifth-eighth grade coaches, Dale Oehler and Joe Campbell, I learned the game, and played with a really fun group of friends. This year I was coached by two of the best defensive guys in the game, Ric Beardsley and Reid Jackson, and have learned what it means to be a strong defenseman.
Steve Carcaterra and Dave Zoni have given me confidence, and their intensity and passion for the game has inspired me to want to become a better player.
I also went to Killington Mountain School in ninth grade where I snowboarded competitively. KMS’s program taught me the importance of hard work and commitment to training.
What travel team did you play on and what were some of the big showcase events you participated in this summer?
I play for Team United, and played in three tournaments with them this summer. I also played for the 2012 NJ Under Armour Underclassmen Team. The Under Armour tournament in Baltimore gave me the chance to play with some really awesome players. It was a great experience for me. I also participated in the Super Sophs Showcase in Connecticut.
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