The fact that Timmy Burke will be playing lacrosse at the major Division I level should hardly come as a surpise.
After all, the Chaminade High School (N.Y.) rising senior defenseman/longstick midfielder is the youngest of four lax-playing brothers. If that’s not enough, his cousin, Brian Burke, a former St. Anthony’s star, played at North Carolina.
A 6-foot, 160-pound righty, Burke is one of 15 Chaminade Class of 2015 collegiate commits.
Now, here’s a Q&A with Timmy on his commitment.
What were the main factors in your decision?
Dartmouth met or exceeded both my academic and athletic expectations. After visiting the school a couple of times, attending classes and speaking with current students, alumni and the lacrosse coaching staff, I am confident that Dartmouth is the best fit for me. Their commitment to rigorous academics and a commitment to succeed on the lacrosse field makes me confident that I will be able to succeed there.
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
I also visited Yale and Villanova.
What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
I think my strengths on the lacrosse field are between the box lines. I like to push transition and use my field vision and speed to get ground balls and lead fast breaks.
What areas of your game do you think you need to work on?
I think the biggest area I need to improve is my size and physicality on the field. I have been working hard in the off season to put on size and will continue to do so.
Who have been some of the biggest influences on you during your development as a player?
Because I am the youngest of four boys, the most important influences have been my three older brothers Andrew, Patrick and Teddy, who all played lacrosse in high school. Another huge influence on my career was my older cousin Brian Burke, who played defense at St. Anthony’s and later at North Carolina. He has strung my sticks since middle school.
What travel team did you play on and what were some of the big showcase events you participated in this summer?
I played for the Long Island Express committed team this summer and also competed in the Under Armor Underclassmen games for the Long Island team.
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