As the leading defender on New York Class C state finalist Bronxville, Charlie Tarry was regularly assigned to defend against the opponent’s top scorer.
In the downstate semifinals on June 5, Tarry was faced with his most challenging assignment of the season.
After all, 2012 state champion Shoreham-Wading River’s University of Maryland-bound leading scorer, Tim Rotanz. The senior attackman and consensus tristate player of the year became just the fourth player in Long Island history to reach the 400-point mark during the regular season.
But Tarry managed to limit Rotanz to four assists as the Broncos pulled out a 14-13 overtime win.
If there was any doubt as to whether Tarry was among the nation’s top defenders before that game, there was none after.
A coveted target of many of the nation’s top Division I programs, Tarry has verbally committed to the admissions process at Princeton University, a major commitment that was first reported when it was made on July 19 by Joe Lombardi on LaxLessons.com’s “Lacrosse Insider” section.
Tarry is a two-time All-Section standout for Bronxville who plays club lacrosse for Prime Time.
“Charlie is outstanding player who made the all-star game at the Maverik Showtime and King of the Hill recruiting camps,” Prime Time director Nick Daniello said.
A three-sport standout, Tarry also plays football and basketball for Bronxville.
He’s a strong position and one-on-one defender with good anticipation and athleticism.
What were the main factors in your decision?
I was looking for a school that provided a combination of excellent academics and athletics. Princeton has outstanding academics and great lacrosse history. Also, I liked the coaching staff and the fact that they emphasize defense. Princeton has always been an excellent defensive team, and that is very important to me.
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
Besides Princeton, I visited Notre Dame, Brown, and Harvard and I was also interested in UPenn, Yale and Army. Besides visiting and educating myself about different schools and lacrosse programs, I got to meet a lot of great people. I would like to thank all of the coaches who took the time to speak with me.
What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
My one-on-one defense, footwork and ability to read the game. I try to adapt my style of play to the defensive system or scheme that I am playing in, depending on the strengths and weaknesses of the opposing team.
What area of your game do you need to work on?
In order to succeed at the next level, I want to improve all aspects of my game. In the short term, I need to increase my strength and work on taking the ball away. Stick skills, ball pressure, groundball play and footwork are other things that I need to consistently improve in order to raise my game to a higher level.
How did you get introduced to lacrosse and what other sports have you played?
I was introduced to lacrosse fairly late in middle school when I played in my town’s youth league.
At the time, I was primarily a baseball player, and it took a year or two before I realized that lacrosse was the sport that I wanted to pursue. I want to thank my Bronxville Youth Lacrosse coaches for encouraging me and sparking my interest in lacrosse.
I also play basketball and football. Basketball and lacrosse have many similar elements, particularly on defense, and I think my background as a basketball player helped my development in lacrosse.
What travel team do you play on what showcase events did you participate in?
I play for the Prime Time 2015 team out of John Jay, NY. With Prime Time, I played in the NYLA showcase, King of the Hill, MVP, Tri-State and Hotbeds. I played in the LI Uprising with my high school team. Individually, I attended Maverik Showtime at Western Connecticut State, Fall FLG in 3D and Jake Reed’s Fall Nike Blue Chip.
Any final thoughts?
I just want to thank all of the people who were involved with helping me through this process.
I want to thank my parents, brothers, and friends for their support as well as my high school coaches Tim Horgan and Bill Locher, and my club coach Nick Daniello, all of whom were tremendously helpful to me during the recruiting process.
I would also like to thank the Princeton coaching staff and the Princeton community for giving me this incredible opportunity.
Lastly, I want to thank my Bronxville and Prime Time teammates. I am very lucky to be able to play with incredibly talented players and would not have this opportunity without their help and support.
Be a Lacrosse Insider
Are you passionate about lacrosse? Do you love being the first to know and always being in the know? Then get access to unprecedented, groundbreaking coverage of summer travel and high school lacrosse and college recruiting now. Become a Lacrosse Insider here.
New iPhone/iPad and Android apps
Connect with us