It takes just over five minutes to travel from Sachem North High School to Stony Brook University.
It’s a short trip for sure, but for many Flaming Arrows’ players, it has become the final destination on the long road to Division I lacrosse.
Most recently, Anthony Ross.
Ross’ path to D-I is quite a story. He did not start playing lax until eighth grade. He is a strong and athletic player with good quickness. He’s also a football standout for the Flaming Arrows as a running back/linebacker.
“He’s a stud athlete,” Sachem North coach Jason Mauro said of the 5-foot-10, 195-pound Ross. “He has a great motor and is a great kid.”
“It was a factor in my decision because I’m good friends with both of them and I feel comfortable playing alongside them,” Ross aid.
Ross marks the sixth Class of 2014 commit for Seawolves coach Jim Nagle, who played on Ward Melville’s 24-0 1988 state-title winning team.
What were the main factors in your decision?
Academics. Also, I have a good feeling for (Stony Brook) Coach (Jim) Nagle and the lacrosse program at Stony Brook.
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
Other schools that I considered were St. Joseph’s, Limestone and NYIT.
What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
Athleticism , strength, quickness and my ability to be coached.
How did you get introduced to lacrosse and what other sports have you played?
I got introduced in the eighth grade when all of my friends were playing. I also am a three-year starter on the varsity football team.
What travel team do you play on what showcase events did you participate in?
I played with Sachem North in the summer and I went to Blue Chip 225 camp and many summer tournaments.
Any final thoughts?
I would to thank all of my lacrosse coaches that have taught me how to play the game, especially Coach Mauro with all of his help in the recruiting process.
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