Trinity-Pawling School in New York’s Hudson Valley has had no shortage of college commitments the last week. Three of them have been reported during that time at Twitter.com/joe_lombardi.
Among the: Jordan McKenzie, a junior defenseman/long-stick midfielder who arrived at T-P by way of New Westminster, BC.
McKenzie has made the newly launched program at Marquette University his college destination.
“Jordan is a physically talented, lock down defenseman who possesses great versatility,” Trinity-Pawling coach Nic Bell said. “He is a natural born leader and a big time competitor.”
McKenzie was an All-Western New England recipient last season and regularly assigned to cover the opposing team’s top offensive player. He was a member of Team British Columbia, which won the U16 Canadian title in Field Nationals this past summer.
In addition, he played Intermediate A Box for the New Westminster Salmonbellies.
What were the main factors in your decision?
I really liked how (Marquette Head) Coach (Joe) Amplo runs his program and interacts with his team. He makes it feel like family and makes a commitment to get to know everyone on a personal level.
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
UMBC, Vermont, Robert Morris, Siena and Hartford.
When did you come to Trinity-Pawling and what schools did you attend and play at before?
I came last year, as a sophomore. Prior to Trinity-Pawling, I attended St. Thomas More Collegiate, in Burnaby, British Columbia.
How did you get introduced to lacrosse and what other sports have you played?
I first started playing in first grade, when a good friend of mine, Mitchell Stokes, suggested that I play the sport. I went home that day, and begged my father to let me try it. After that day, the rest is history.
I have loved it since Day 1, and I cannot wait for the next steps.
Who have been some of the biggest influences on you during your development as a player?
My grandpa has had the greatest influence on my lacrosse career. He would come over everyday and play with me. He played a great deal and when I was just learning the sport, he was a goalie for New Westminster Senior Adanacs. He taught me how to pass and catch, and we would play for an hour every day after school.
What travel team did you play on and what were some of the big showcase events you participated in last summer?
Last year, I played in the Prep School Showcase, while also playing for Burnaby Mountain Selects in the fall.
This past summer, I played for both my Provincial Team BC field lacrosse and box lacrosse teams. We were fortunate enough to win the U16 title in field lacrosse, beating Team Ontario 16-8.
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