If there’s an early tristate leader for most verbal commitments since the 2013 varsity season ended on June 8, St. Anthony’s would have to be the No. 1.
The New York CHSAA power has seen four members of its program give verbals in less than two weeks.
The latest came today as rising junior attackman Pat Morris decided on UMass, as first reported on Twitter.com/joe_lombardi.
Yesterday, another Friar made his college choice: senior defender Andrew Nadjari, who has verballed to Army. Nadjari’s decision was also first reported at Twitter.com/joe_lombardi.
The 5-foot-10, 168-pound Nadjari is a fundamentally sound and aggressive position defender who is effective on clears, as evidenced by his highlight reel. He’s also an outstanding student, with a grade average of 97.
Last week, two Friars verbally committed: defender Mike Ruane (Quinnipiac) and midfielder Tommy Laupus (Providence).
What were the main factors in your decision?
The quality of the education and the opportunity to become an officer in the military after playing D-I lacrosse.
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
I was also considering Navy, Dartmouth and Amherst. I visited Dartmouth and Navy.
What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
I play aggressive position defense and just focus on stopping the attackman at GLE (goal-line extended) and getting on their hands rather than going for the strip.
What area of your game do you need to work on?
I have to work on taking one-on-one dodges from up top.
How did you get introduced to lacrosse and what other sports have you played?
I was introduced to lacrosse in a clinic, then I signed up for a team coached by Gene Isnardi and fell in love with the sport. I’ve also wrestled and played football.
What travel team did you play on last summer and what showcase events did you participate in?
I play on the Long Island Express and I went to Jake Reed’s Blue Chip, the Brine Shootout and the NSCLA Championships.
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