Mike Ruane’s lacrosse career started in second grade when his mother signed him up to give the sport a try.

It was well worth it.

Now, just over nine years later, the defender/longstick midfielder from St. Anthony’s (N.Y.) will be playing the sport at the Division I level. Ruane verbally committed earlier today to Quinnipiac Univeristy, as first reported at

The 5-foot-8, 160-pound Ruane is an outstanding takeaway defender with great stick skills.

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

What were the main factors in your decision?
I really liked the location, the campus was great, the academics were a key factor and I loved the staff.

What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
I was considering Dartmouth, Lehigh, Brown, Boston and St. Joesph’s. I visited Villanova, St. Joesph’s, Lehigh and Towson.

What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
My strengths are my stick skills and defensive aspect of my game. I consider myself a great takeaway LSM.

What area of your game do you need to work on?
I need to become stronger with my right hand.

How did you get introduced to lacrosse and what other sports have you played?
My mom signed me up in second grade and I played football up until high school.

What travel team did you play on last summer and what showcase events did you participate in?
I played for FLG in 2011 and won the U-15 National Championship. I played for Express last summer and played on the Long Island Brine National team, and also Long Island Empire Team. I made Fab 40 Philly Showcase all-star team.

Any final thoughts on wrapping up the recruiting process with your commitment today?
First, I would like to thank God for giving me the opportunity. I would like to thank my parents and two sisters for their total support and providing me with the tools for success.

I would like to thank my coach, Tom Brazel, who has mentored me since the fifth grade and taught me it’s not how big you are, it’s how big you carry that stick.

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One Response to “St. Anthony’s Ruane will be playing his college lax at Quinnipiac”

  1. Friar Tuck says:

    Great news. Congrats!

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