Towson University has established quite a pipeline to Nassau County (N.Y.) Class A champion Massapequa.
The Tigers now have secured commitments from three current Chiefs.
The latest also marks the Tigers’ second Class of 2016 tristate verbal. It comes from midfielder Casey Kimmel, a commitment first reported when it was made on Aug. 10 by Joe Lombardi on our LaxLessons.com Lacrosse Insider section.
The quick and elusive 5-foot-8, 138-pound Kimmel performed well this summer at such events as the Maverik Showtime National Lacrosse Recruiting Spotlight and the Under Armour Uncommitted Games.
Kimmel is the first 2016 commit for ‘Pequa and the ninth overall. The Chiefs’ two other Towson commits are rising seniors defender Nick Capuana (defense) and Ian Kirby (attack).
The right-handed Kimmel is an aggressive and unselfish two-way midfielder with a high lacrosse IQ.
What were the main factors in your decision?
My father played at Towson and I always wanted to be a Tiger. After visiting with (Towson Head) Coach (Shawn) Nadelen and (Assistant) Coach (Anthony) Gilardi and playing in the stadium several times this summer I knew it was the right fit for me.
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
Hofstra, Maryland and Lehigh.
What area of your game do you need to work on?
I will continue to work on my strength and speed.
How did you get introduced to lacrosse and what other sports have you played?
My father gave me my first lacrosse stick before I could walk and he taught me all about the game. I also wrestled varsity this year and will be playing varsity football in the fall.
What travel team do you play on what showcase events did you participate in?
I play for Team 91 Orange. I was on the Nassau Long Island Showcase team and played in the Under Armour Uncommitted 2016 game and Top 205 all-star game both at Towson. I also went to Maverick Showtime, Crabfeast, NXT and Warrior Long Island Classic.
Any final thoughts?
I want to thank Coach Tim Radomski, Coach Kieran O’Brien, Coach Kevin Sheehan and Coach Michael Draper at Massapequa HS for the opportunity to play on varsity as a freshmen and all my teammates for helping me be part of such a special team.
I would also like to thank Brian Spallina and all the 91 coaches and the whole team for a great summer season.
Mostly, I want to thank my father for being my first coach and teaching me to play lacrosse and my mother for always pushing me to reach my full potential in the classroom and on the field.
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