What do you get when you combine good size with great stick skills?
The essential ingredients of a major Division I attackman.
Tommy Marino has those attributes — and then some.
“I would say I have a big frame, good work on the crease, fast outside shot and good inside finishing,” the Smithtown East (N.Y.) junior said.
So it should come as no surprise that after two more seasons with the Bulls, Marino will be headed to the United States Military Academy at West Point.
Marino is the second current Smithtown East standout to commit to coach Joe Alberici’s Army program, joining senior attackman/midfielder Jimmy Tenbrink.
The 6-foot-2, 170-pound Marino, a right-hander, started playing lacrosse in the third grade.
What were the main factors in your decision?
For academics and lacrosse, Army has always been my top choice.
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
I was also considering Holy Cross, Hartford, Bryant and Lafayette. But West Point has always been my No. 1 choice.
What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
I have a big frame, I am a good crease attackman, solid finisher, fast outside shot, great lacrosse IQ, and an overall enthusiastic player.
What areas of your game have you been working to improve on?
The areas I have been working on the most is finishing close to the net, speed, and agility.
Who have been some of the biggest influences on you in your development as a player?
I’ve always looked up to Paul Rabil and want to be as good a player as him one day. But my dad and coaches have pushed me and developed me into the player I am today.
What travel team did you play on and what were some of the big showcase events you participated in last summer?
I played on Team Smithtown, as a team we went to Hotbeds, Shoreham-Wading River and the Long Island Lacrosse Classic. I also was an all-star at Blue-Chip 225 and an all-star at Top 205 lacrosse camps.
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