The Friars are coming. The Friars are coming.
We’ve been updating tristate schools that have the most members of the Class of 2013 awaiting college lacrosse.
While Long Island power Chaminade still leads the way with 15, CHSAA rival St. Anthony’s is closing in.
Among the most recent additions — attackman/midfielder David Rivoir.
The 6-foot, 158-pound Rivoir has decided to pursue the admissions process at Tufts with the full support of the lacrosse office and head coach Mike Daly.
Rivoir, a mid-year transfer to St. Anthony’s from Walt Whitman High School, is a righty with good speed and stick skills.
What were the main factors in your decision?
The main factor all along was finding the best academic fit, regardless of whether D-I, D-II or D-III. Tufts is a terrific school with opportunities to study any of the majors I am considering, and it’s just the right size — not too big and not too small.
They have a great lacrosse program, coaches Daly and (Assistant Coach Sean) Kirwan and the players I met made me feel really welcome, and I like the fact that the coaches are both Tufts alumnae. Boston also seems like a fun place to go to college. When I visited I just knew Tufts was the place for me.
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
I also strongly considered Haverford, Amherst, Williams, Brown and Dartmouth and visited all except Williams.
What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
I believe that my strengths are my speed around the crease, quick hands, and vision from behind the cage at X.
What areas of your game do you think you need to work on?
I believe I can always work on improving my off-hand shot.
Who have been some of the biggest influences on you during your development as a player?
My dad (John) has definitely been a huge influence on my game, as well as many of my coaches like (St. Anthony’s Head) Coach (Keith) Wieczorek, (Assistant) Coach (Doug) Schreiber and Coach (Eric) Geringswald. Also, my trainers, Billy and Mike.
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 Orange this summer, though I attended more individual showcases than tournaments this year — places where I could focus on playing for coaches from my target schools. I played at the NCSLA Champion’s Cup with the Express, as well as the Under Armour Tryouts on Long Island, Jake Reed’s Nike Blue Chip, LT-300 at Brown and ECLC at Dartmouth.
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