Miller Place lacrosse is on the rise.
The Panthers completed an unlikely trip to the Long Island championship game last year where they fell to Garden City, which went on to take its second straight New York State Class B title.
The growth of the program, which has been at the varsity level for just four years, has given college coaches a destination to target for recruiting.
The latest Miller Place player now bound for collegiate lacrosse is rising junior defenseman Jacob Bloom, who has verballed to Marist College, a commitment first reported when it was made by Joe Lombardi on LaxLessons.com’s “Lacrosse Insider” section.
The 6-foot-1, 175-pound Bloom, a lefty (pictured at left in the photo above from the LIC), started each game for the Panthers as a sophomore and also played on the varsity squad as a freshman. He was a rising junior Suffolk County all-star and an all-star at the Lehigh Showcase.
A strong athlete who also plays football and basketball, Bloom is an aggressive takeaway defender.
You can watch Bloom’s highlight reel from the 2013 season here.
What were the main factors in your decision?
I loved the Marist campus as well as (Marist Head) Coach (Keegan) Wilkinson and what he was doing with the future of the Marist acrosse program. The campus size and majors along with the enrollment was a perfect fit for me. The Marist location and lacrosse schedule is great for my family for school visits and to attend games both home and away.
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
I considered Sacred Heart, Lehigh, Siena, Stony Brook and Hartford. I visited Sacred Heart, Lehigh, Stony Brook and Hartford.
What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
I like to play aggressive man-to-man defense with hard slides and stick checks to the hands.
How did you get introduced to lacrosse and what other sports have you played?
I was introduced to lacrosse by my father. He played high school lacrosse for Comsewogue High School. I started playing inthird grade for Miller Place Youth Lacrosse.
What travel team do you play on what showcase events did you participate in?
I played for Team Long Island since fifth grade. This year I played on the Suffolk County Rising Junior Team for the Long Island Showcase, Yale Showcase, Peak 200 Showcase, Best of the Best Tournament and NYLA Summer Showcase. I finished my summer season at the Lehigh Summer Showcase making the Rising Junior all-star team.
Any final thoughts?
I would like to thank my family first and foremost. My mom, dad, brother and sister for all their support, hard work and long summers, as well as my high school coach, Keith Lizzi, all my teammates from the Miller Place lacrosse team as well as the entire Team Long Island family.
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