Joe Fraietta is focused on Friday night.
That’s the way it is with most high school football standouts in the tristate region.
Fraietta is starting quarterback for the Hendrick Hudson Sailors who host Hudson Valley, N.Y., rival Lakeland on Friday night.
While it’s been a busy week of planning and preparation for gameday, Fraietta took time out to make one of the most important decisions of his life.
Also a lacrosse star, Fraietta, a groundball machine, is a 6-foot-1, 185-pound defender/longstick midfielder with good speed, stick skills and athleticism.
Fraietta, who helped Hen Hud advance to last season’s Section 1 Class C final against Bronxville, has steadily progressed on the lacrosse field since first taking up the sport at age 8.
Now, he’s on the cusp of a Division I collegiate career, which will be spent at Stony Brook University.
“Joe is extremely athletic and has a great ability to push the ball in transition,” Hen Hud coach Craig Solomon said. “He has developed over the years into a dependable player who is gong to limit the other teams best middie. Joe is great playing between the boxes and is very strong on groundballs.”
Now, here’s a Q&A with Joe on his commitment.
What were the main factors in your decision?
The overall most important factor in my decision was academics. Stony Brook offers a great academic program that will benefit my future. Another big contributing factor was that the coaching staff made me feel like I was at home.
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
I visited Sacred Heart, Stevens Institute of Technology and Marist. I was considering Sacred Heart, Stevens and also Nazareth.
What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
My stick skills, footwork and athletic ability. I always try to push the ball in transition and I love scoring goals.
What areas of your game do you think you need to work on?
I definitely need to improve my off-ball game. Getting in on the backside is a huge aspect on the defensive side of the ball.
Who have been some of the biggest influences on you during your development as a player?
There have been many people. First and foremost, my head coach, Craig Solomon. He has helped me develop since my freshman year by pushing me on the field, off the field and in the classroom.
Another person who had a big impact on my game is our JV coach, Paul Roberts. He taught me the correct way how to play defense and helped polish my footwork and stick skills.
What travel team did you play on and what were some of the big showcase events you participated in this past summer?
I played for Team Superstar 2013 Elite coached by Roy Colsey. I attended Peak 200 and Hotbeds which helped me get noticed by Stony Brook.
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