AJ Ilchert plays for the West Islip Lions.
But when he’s on the lacrosse field, he best resembles a bull in a china shop.
“My style of play is ultra athletic, aggressive man-to-man – take no prisoners,” said the junior defenseman.
It’s a style that should serve him well at the next level.
The 6-foot, 180-pound Ilchert, who is also a football standout for WI, has verbally committed to St. Joseph’s University.
Now, here’s a Q&A with AJ on his commitment.
What were the main factors in your decision?
I picked St. Joseph’s because I feel it’s going to be a great team and it’s a great school — and it’s not that far. My parents can come to most of my games.
(Head) Coach (Taylor) Wray and (Assistant) Coach (Dan) Keating are totally dedicated to turning there players and team into a postseason staple in D-I lacrosse.
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
Stony Brook, Albany, Hofstra, Michigan and Siena.
What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
My style of play is ultra athletic, aggressive man-to-man – take no prisoners.
Who have been some of the biggest influences on you during your development as a player?
(West Islip Head) Coach (Scott) Craig and (Assistant) Coach (Bill) Turri, my mom and dad and Justin Kull of Revolution Athletics.
What travel team did you play on this past summer and what were some of the showcase events you competed in?
I really don’t play for a club team. In West Islip, we play as West Islip for the summer.
As a sophomore, I made the Suffolk County Showcase team and the Under Armor Underclass team for Long Island. I also was an all-star at 205 and Hotbeds.
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