Michael Moynihan epitomizes the type of player that has helped West Islip emerge as one of the most successful high school program in the nation the last decade.

The Lions are known for their hard-nosed style of play with versatile players tailor-made for that brand of lacrosse.

Meet Michael Moynihan.

The rising senior for WI plays attack and midfield. But he’s also one of the team’s best defenders — and one of its toughest players.

The Class of 2014 standout’s style is likely to translate well to the next level.

For Moynihan, that means Quinnipiac University. He committed to the Bobcats on Aug. 5, a verbal first reported when it was made by Joe Lombardi on’s “Lacrosse Insider” section.

The 5-foot-8, 175-pound Moynihan, a righty, was an all-Suffolk County selection this past season. You can view his highlight reel here.

He joins defense AJ Ilchert (St. Joseph’s University) as Class of 2014 commits for the Lions.

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

What were the main factors in your decision?
I wanted to choose a school that was strong academically which would provide me with a great education.

I loved the Quinnipiac campus as well as the coaching staff. (Quinnipiac Head) Coach (Eric) Frekete shows a family style interest in his players which is the same in West Islip and very important to me.

Finally, the location. Being two hours away from home and playing in the MAAC Conference, it provides my family the opportunity to attend most of my games.

What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
Siena, Marquette, St. Joseph’s and Albany.

What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
I feel my biggest strength is the ability to play both lefty and righty. I am also a physically strong defensive player.

What area of your game do you need to work on?
I want to improve my vision on the field and strength in the weight room.

How did you get introduced to lacrosse and what other sports have you played?
I started playing lacrosse in fifth grade. I grew up playing baseball and even played competitive tournament baseball up until eighth grade, but at that time I decided its time time to choose one. (Thanks dad for understanding).

I also play football, winter track and played basketball.

What travel team do you play on what showcase events did you participate in?
In West Islip, we travel together as a team all summer. I played in the Long Island Nassau/Suffolk Showcase as a rising junior and senior, Team Long Island in the Brine All-American Classic and was an all-star at Hotbeds in 2012.

Any final thoughts?
First I would like to thank my high school coaches: (West Islip Head Coach) Scott Craig and (assistant coaches) Bill Turri, Jon Reese and Peter Murray for everything they have done for me both on and off the field. It’s an honor to play for a great program and great coaches.

I want to give a special thank you to Jim Bovich, who introduced me to lacrosse and worked with me endlessly on every aspect of my game.

I want to thank all my West Islip friends/teammates for the years of hard work we have all put in together. This upcoming 2014 season will be the year it all pays off.

Most importantly, I want to thank my mom and dad for all the time and money spent over the years living on the lacrosse field. Thank you both for teaching me the value of hard work.

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