Chad Molyneux has strong stopping skills and good technique.
For a goaltender, those ingredients are often the byproducts of success.
Add idea size, at 6-foot-1, 175 pounds, and it should come as no surprise that Molyneux is the latest senior from 2012 Connecticut Class L state finalist and 2011 Class L state champion Ridgefield to commit to play in college.
Molyneux’s commitment to Western New England University gives the Tigers six senior commits. You can check out the complete list in LaxLessons.com’s “Updated tristate recruiting commitment rundown for the classes of 2013, ’14 and ’15.”
What were the main factors in your decision?
I felt very comfortable when I met with (Western New England Head) Coach (John) Klepacki and visited the Business School on numerous occasions. Also, the fact that Western New England competes every year for a national championship, which is a huge goal of mine.
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
I visited Springfield, Roger Williams, Merrimack and Cabrini. In addition to that, I spoke with coaches at St. Lawrence and Nazereth.
What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
I would describe my style as a technical goalie. I believe that strong technique is critical in any sport. The strong part of my game is my stopping ability which derives from my quick step to the ball.
What areas of your game have you been working to improve on?
In the offseason, my main focuses have been on strength and agility, along with my clearing game.
Who have been some of the biggest influences on you during your development as a player?
Between playing for Coach (Roy) Colsey’s Ridgefield High School varsity team and Team Superstar, Coach Colsey has taught me as a player and a person to compete at the highest level possible.
Another influence in my development would have to be my father. Although he may not know much about the game, he gave me many opportunities to improve by driving me to summer tournaments and individual goalie camps.
What travel team did you play on and what were some of the big showcase events you participated in last summer?
I played for Team Superstar Blue (2013). My favorite summer tournament was Hotbeds because there was tons of fun lacrosse and we got to bunk with the team, so we really got to know each other.
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