When it comes to high school sports in the tristate region, New Jersey is to football what Long Island is to lacrosse.
The last few weeks, we’ve been telling you about several football standouts from the Garden City whose high school futures are in lacrosse.
Today, we meet another one.
He’s Conor Walsh, a senior running back at Rumson-Fair Haven (N.J.).
A midfielder in lacrosse, Walsh has verbally committed to Fairfield University.
The 5-foot-9, 180-pound Walsh, who played his travel lacrosse for Team United, is a righty who plays well both on offense and defense — and always with an all-out style of play, as evidenced by his highlight film.
Now, here’s a Q&A with Conor on his commitment.
What were the main factors in your decision?
Some main factors in my decision to commit to Fairfield University would be the coach (Head coach Andy Copelan) being a young, energetic, positive guy who has changed the program drastically in the last few years he had been there. They were just coming off one of their best seasons ever this year and I could see that the program had a lot of potential.
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
I was recruited by and went to visit Bucknell and Villanova. I liked their programs and coaches but felt more comfortable with Coach Copelan. I was also considering Delaware, Colgate, Towson, Johns Hopkins and Rutgers.
What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
My main strengths as a player are defensive and clearing. I use my football background to help me with those aspects. I feel like my offensive game has also come along nicely.
What areas of your game have you been working to improve on?
I have been working a lot on offense and have improved my skills. I feel like working under college coaches will also help to improve my offensive game.
Who have been some of the biggest influences on you during your development as a player?
Starting with my youth coaches Jack Murphy and Rick Briggs, onto my summer league coaches Ric Beardsley, Dave Zoni and Steve Carcaterra and finally with my high school coaches Jim Barbiere and Reed Jackson.
What travel team did you play on and what were some of the big showcase events you participated in last summer?
I played for a travel team by the name of Team United under Coaches Steve Carcaterra, Ric Beardsley and Dave Zoni. I participated in showcases such as the Diamond Lacrosse showcase in Maryland and the Super Sophs showcase in Connecticut.
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