When Brian Mangion was growing up in Basking Ridge, N.J., he never could have imagined that he would wind up playing his college lacrosse just 60 miles away at Monmouth University.
The Ridge senior defenseman never could have imagined that for the simple reason that Monmouth did not decide to launch a lacrosse program until this past March.
But Mangion will be a part of Monmouth lacrosse and a member of its inaugural 2014 team.
The 6-foot, 200-pound right-hander is a physical position defender with strong footwork.
Now, here’s a Q&A with Brian on his commitment.
What were the main factors in your decision?
The level of academics at the university, the overall feel I got from the coaches I spoke to, and how far it was from home.
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
I visited Mount St Mary’s, Dickinson and Salisbury. In the end, it was between Monmouth and Salisbury.
What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
I would say my strengths are definitely my footwork and my aggressiveness. I play a very physical game, and I have a good lacrosse IQ, but it all comes down to how well I move my feet.
What areas of your game do you think you need to work on?
The biggest thing I’m focusing on right now is my speed. The speed of the game at the next level is so fast, I need to come in as fast as possible so I can get as much of an edge as I can.
Who have been some of the biggest influences on you during your development as a player?
Two of the most influential people have been two of my coaches.
I have a very good relationship with my head coach, Ken Marsh, and he has helped me develop into the player I am today.
Another one of my coaches, Ace Apel, has been a huge help to me and my family preparing us for the college process.
I’d also like to thank my trainer, Dale Arena, for getting me in the best possible shape in the spring and summer.
What travel team did you play on and what were some of the big showcase events you participated in this past summer?
This summer, I played for my high school team. I also attended the Under Armour New Jersey tryouts, 205 rising Seniors and Peak 200.
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