It should come as no surprise that Alec Orazietti feels very comfortable with the coaching staff, the campus and the players at his future college destination.
But when the attackman for New Jersey power Mountain Lakes and one of the top sophomores in the tristate region, verbally committed to UMass last week, he had another very big reason to be even more confident about his decision.
Orazietti’s brother, Rob, an All-America attackman at Mountain Lakes, is now a freshman with the Minutemen.
That connection played a huge part in Alec’s verbal, which was first reported on Saturday at Twitter.com/joe_lombardi.
While the brothers will be college teammates for just one season — 2016 — they are both already looking forward to that season.
Rob Orazietti accumulated 87 goals and 113 points in his four-year varsity career.
The latest Orazietti on the Mountain Lakes varsity squad could very well put together similar figures.
Alec Orazietti, a 5-foot-10 righty, has a strong and accurate outside shot and also excels playing off the ball.
Now, here’s a Q&A with Alec on his commitment.
What were the main factors in your decision?
One of the factors is that I wanted to play at a school that is a Top 10-ranked team in lacrosse. Second was a dream of mine to play with my brother in college.
How big a factor was the fact your brother plays for UMass?
A huge factor. My brother was a high school All American and I have always looked up to him. It’s an honor to play with him in college
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
I strongly considered Lafayette, Syracuse, Rutgers, St. Joe’s and BU.
What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
My strength is to finish and play off-ball, which is a lost art.
Who have been some of the biggest influences on you during your development as a player?
My father (Fabio). He is my biggest fan and he has always been there for me.
What travel team did you play on and what were some of the big showcase events you participated in last summer?
I play for Laker Future. This past summer, I attended Jake Reed Sophomore Blue Chip and Jake Reed Sophomore Fall Camp. I believe they are the best showcases if you want to play in college. I also attended Peak 200 Showcase.
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