It was an unforgettable moment in an unforgettable season.
With two seconds remaining in regulation of the New York State Class B semifinals on June 5 at Marist College, Dale Stasco was on the receiving end of a perfect pass from teammate Cody George.
Stasco then let it rip and his blast found the back of the net, giving Garden City a 10-9 win over previously unbeaten Niskayuna.
The Trojans went on to Rochester where they beat Jamesville-DeWitt 13-8 for their second straight state title.
While Stasco will never forget that game, he’s got plenty of big ones to come — both in his senior year at GC and in college.
Yesterday, Stasco decided where that will be, giving a verbal commitment to St. Joseph’s University, as reported at Twitter.com/Joe_Lombardi.
Stasco, who is the seventh Class of 2014 GC player to commit to a college, is a dodging midfielder with a strong outside shot — as evidenced by the goal vs. Niskayuna. He also plays football for the Trojans, who won the 2012 Long Island Championship.
What were the main factors in your decision?
I chose St Joe’s because as soon as I visited there (St. Joseph’s Head) Coach (Taylor) Wray and (Assistant) Coach (Dan) Keating both had a great personality which made feel comfortable there. The lacrosse program also seemed to be going in the right direction as it is improving each year. It also fit me well academically, and the campus and surrounding are were also very nice.
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
I was also considering and visited Hofstra and Drexel.
What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
Dodging and shooting. I would describe my style of play as a team player.
What are your thoughts on on this past season and the big role you played in the postseason, including the winning goal vs. Niskayuna?
I was very happy with the result of the past season because we were doubted in many games. I also feel that it was more of a team effort in the postseason. Many of the little things that were done right led us to win.
How did you get introduced to lacrosse and what other sports have you played?
I was introduced to lacrosse from growing up in Garden City, where it is a big part of the town and most people play. I also play football.
What travel team do you play on what showcase events did you participate in?
I played for the Long Island Sting this summer, and played in MVP and Legacy.
Any final thoughts?
I want to thank my coaches at Garden City who helped me become a better all-around player. Also (Garden City Head) Coach (Steve) Finnell, who helped me make better decisions on the field, improving my lacrosse IQ.
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