It’s been three weeks since the 2013 high school season ended, but national champion Ward Melville just picked up a first.

The Patriots got their first verbal commitment from a player in the Class of 2015 earlier tonight when rising junior defenseman Tom Reilly committed to the admissions process at Cornell University, as first reported at

Reilly was one of seven sophomores on the roster for the unbeaten New York Class A state champions.

Reilly is an athletic player with good speed and foot work.

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

What were the main factors in your decision?
Getting a great education as well as a highly competitive lacrosse program.

What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
I was considering Georgetown, Harvard, Yale and Brown. I only had the chance to visit Brown.

What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
My strengths are  my speed, athleticism and ability to move my feet. I would describe my style of play as aggressive, under control and a team player.

What area of your game do you need to work on?
I need to work on my off hand and communication on the field.

How did you get introduced to lacrosse and what other sports have you played?
I got introduced to lacrosse through (Ward Melville classmate) Daniel Bucaro in sixth grade after I quit travel baseball. I also play football and basketball.

What travel team did you play on last summer and what showcase events did you participate in?
I played on the Ward Melville Patriot Elite travel team. I participated in the Suffolk vs. Nassau Long Island Showcase and the Philly Showcase all-star team.

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2 Responses to “Cornell-bound Reilly is Ward Melville’s first Class of 2015 commit”

  1. SawLax says:

    Congrats Tommy. Great choice.

  2. Port Jeff says:

    Wonder if D. Bucaro will join him at Cornell????

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