The University at Albany has made its way into the Class of 2015 among recruits in the nation’s No. 1 hotbed for lacrosse, the New York/New Jersey/Connecticut tristate region.
Jack Burgmaster of Auburn High School (N.Y.) and the Team United travel program, a throwback two-way midfielder, has verballed to the Great Danes, a commitment first reported when it was made by Joe Lombardi on LaxLessons.com’s “Lacrosse Insider” section.
The 5-foot-10, 173-pound lefty plays an aggressive and physical style and is relentless in his pursuit of groundballs.
What were the main factors in your decision?
Academics, coaches and knowing that I would still like where I’m at if lacrosse wasn’t there.
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
Army, Penn State and Binghamton. I made visits to Syracuse, Fairfield, Boston Univeristy, Delaware and Providence.
What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
I like to get physical. I like playing defense and getting groundballs. If there is a scrum, there is a good chance that I’ll be the one coming out with it.
People describe my style of play as “Old School.” I’m not a flashy player. I just play the game and play it hard.
What area of your game do you need to work on?
I need to work on all parts of my game if I want to make an impact at the college level.
How did you get introduced to lacrosse and what other sports have you played?
I got introduced by a family friend at the age of 6. Nobody played lacrosse in my family, so it was different. Where my dad grew up, there wasn’t lacrosse around.
Along with lacrosse, I play football. I started varsity as a freshman at strong safety. During my sophomore season, I started at strong safety and wide receiver. I also play basketball in a recreational league.
What travel team do you play on what showcase events did you participate in?
I play on Team United CNY. I love playing for them. All coaches are the best around and make the summer tournaments a fun expierience.
After my freshman year, I went to Top 205 at Towson. After this past summer, I went to Maverik Showtime and the Capital Challenge.
Any final thoughts?
I would like to thank my parents, family and friends that helped guide me to my ultimate goal of playing lacrosse at the highest level.
A special thanks to Ric Beardsley, Steve Carcaterra and the rest of the coaches on Team United. They are the best at doing what they do and I love playing for them.
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