It’s safe to say that James Kitchen’s best lacrosse is ahead of him.
The sophomore at New Jersey power St. Augustine has all the ingredients of a major Division I midfielder.
So it should come as no surprise that the 6-foot-3, 185-pound righty has committed to Hofstra University.
“JK is a very promising young midfielder,” St. Augustine coach JC Valore said. “His size, speed and athleticism play well into the type of game we like to play.
“We fully expect James to grow into a well-rounded midfielder who will make an impact at the varsity level.”
What were the main factors in your decision?
The fact that athletics and academics go hand in hand with Hofstra. Also the fact that I can really see myself improve and transform into a better player with the guidance of (Hofstra Head) Coach (Seth) Tierney.
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
I was also considering Navy, Lehigh and the Univeristy of Richmond.
What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
My clearing speed so that we can push transition and get the ball going in our direction. Also the fact that I can play offense and defense is another factor.
How did you get introduced to lacrosse and what other sports have you played?
I was introduced to lacrosse by a close friend in third grade. Ever since then, I fell in love with it. I have also played football and I still do that currently for my high school.
Who have been some of the biggest influences on you during your development as a player?
I would have to say that my dad is a huge influence on my development. He has always pushed me to become a better overall player.
Also another huge influence is my coach, JC Valore. He has really transformed me into the player that I am today by showing me the right way to play the game.
What travel team did you play on and what were some of the big showcase events you participated in last summer?
I played for SouthShore Lacrosse. The big showcases I attended were Philly Team invitational, Terrapin Classic and Uplax tournament.
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