The Yorktown-to-Rutgers connection started when the Scarlet Knights tabbed former Husker assistant Brian Brecht as head coach prior to the 2012 season.
And now, it’s in high gear.
The rising junior attackmanwill join 2012 YHS grad Eric Cooley and rising senior Jack Phelan – both defensemen – at Rutgers.
Vercruysse thrived offensively this past varsity season after being moved from midfield to attack.
The 6-foot-1, 185-pound right-hander, also a football standout for Yorktown, is a dodger with a strong, accurate shot.
Now, here’s a Q&A with Connor on his commitment.
What were the main factors in your decision?
There were a lot of different factors in the process. I thought the school fit me well academically and I really liked the campus. Also, I’ve known (Rutgers Head) Coach (Brian) Brecht for a while now because he coached my brother at Siena, so we have a good relationship.
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
I was considering St. John’s, Albany, Army and Penn State. I visited all of them.
What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
My strengths are a hard righty shot, good stick skills and a good lacrosse IQ. My style of play is mostly off-ball movement.
What areas of your game do you think you need to work on?
I think I need to work on my dodging and foot speed.
Who have been some of the biggest influences on you during your development as a player?
My two older brothers, Kyle and Justin, who both played lacrosse for Yorktown, have been huge influences on me.
What travel team did you play on and what were some of the big showcase events you participated in last summer?
I played for the No Limit Ballers, and I went to Nike Bluechip, Maverike Showtime and the Syracuse lacrosse tournament.
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