Charlie Trense fills many roles on the lacrosse field.

The sophomore at the Westminster Schools in Atlanta can play either close defense or longstick midfield. He also faces off.

In addition, Trense, who is a lineman in football and also wrestles, is a physical and aggressive player.

After he completes his high school career, the 6-foot, 175-pound Trense will be taking his array of skills to Notre Dame. Trense just gave a verbal commitment to the Fighting Irish, as first reported at

recruiting_updateNow, here’s a Q&A with Charlie on his commitment.

What were the main factors in your decision?
I was looking for a school with great academics coupled with great athletics. I felt that Notre Dame offered both. I really liked the coaching staff at Notre Dame and felt that it was the right fit for me. They seemed like a very tight-knit team and the alumni network is incredible.

What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
I also strongly considered and visited Dartmouth, Harvard and Princeton.

What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
I would describe myself as a physical player who is versatile. I can face off, play close D, or play LSM and am not afraid to slide hard.

What area of your game do you need to work on?
I think I need to improve the most on my stick skills and having the patience to not always go for the takeaway as a defender.

How did you get introduced to lacrosse and what other sports have you played?
I was introduced to lacrosse in fifth grade by our goalie’s father, Kevin Hudson. He got me and many of my friends to switch from baseball and soccer to lacrosse and has really helped grow the sport at my school. I also play football and wrestle.

What travel team did you play on last summer and what showcase events did you participate in?
I played the majority of my summer for Thunder Lacrosse, but also played for the Atlanta Shockers for King of the Hill and the Long Island Sting in the Quaker LaxFest. I attended Jake Reed’s 3d Nike Blue Chip last fall and summer and went to Maverik Showtime last summer and will attend both Nike Blue Chip and Maverik Showtime this summer.

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