The Class of 2014 is closing in fast.

Garden City had eight college-bound seniors on the team that won a second straight New York State Class B title this past spring.

This year’s crop of rising seniors is now up to seven college commits.

Today, we take a look at the latest — Brendan McLaughlin, who is headed to the University of Scranton.

McLaughlin is a two-way midfielder who is a good finisher with excellent speed and field vision. An outstanding athlete, he plays wide receiver and defensive back on GC’s defending LIC champion football team.

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

What were the main factors in your decision?
First, academics and location. I loved the reviews I got from people who attended or attend the University of Scranton. I was excited by the prospect of getting a chance to contribute as a freshman. (Scranton Head) Coach (Doug) Sage was so positive and supportive, I felt comfortable right away.

What other schools were you considering?
Furman, Sacred Heart, Fairfield, Connecticut College and Stonehill College.

What area of your game do you need to work on?
I would like to get more explosive strength in all areas and a harder off-hand shot and try and develop more in every aspect of the game.

How did you get introduced to lacrosse and what other sports do you play?
Growing  up in Garden City, it’s something you do before you get to kindergarten. I attended my first camp when I was 5 years old.

I play varsity football for GC as a defensive back and receiver. I play basketball in a few youth leagues during winter months.

What travel team do you play on what showcase events did you participate in?
My club team is the Long Island Outlaws 2014 team coached by Pat Brennan. Prior to that, I played for the Long Island Express team for five years.

This summer, I played in the Lehigh Laxfest Showcase and NYLA Showcase.

I participated in Top 205 camp as rising sophomore and junior. I attended the University of North Carolina Invitational Elite Camp for rising sophomores and junior.

I also attended the Top 175  National Invitational Camp last fall. I attended Head of the Class Invite Camp in 2012.

Any final thoughts?
I’d like to thank my coaches from youth lacrosse in Garden City, my club coaches.  (I played many summer club games and tourneys.)

(Head) Coach Steve Finnell and the Garden City staff, and my dad (Thomas McLaughlin) who always has helped me work on my game while keeping it fun.

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