Christian Fiordelisi is not yet a high school upperclassman.
But he’s already learned that when it comes to lacrosse, change is often a good thing.
“I was being recruited by a bunch of schools as an ‘X’ attackman, which is the position that I feel most comfortable at,” the Huntington High School (N.Y.) standout said. “When I earned a starting spot in the spring, (Huntington Head) Coach (Paul) McDermott put me at left wing. I ended up playing left wing the entire season. I felt it definitely made me a more well-rounded player.”
The move was a big reason the Blue Devils made it to Stony Brook University for the Long Island Class B Suffolk County finals as he tied for second on the team in goals (26) and second in assists (14), earning first-team All-Division honors.
“Playing with the Huntington upperclassmen was an unbelievable experience,” Fiordelisi said.
Soon, Fiordelisi will be a part of the college experience. He decided earlier this week where that will be, verbally committing to Navy, a decision first reported when it was made by Joe Lombardi on LaxLessons.com’s Lacrosse Insider section.
The 5-foot-11, 165-pound Fiordelisi is a natural righty who has developed his left hand to be equally as strong.
Fiordelisi has a quick release and strong, accurate shot, good speed and first step, outstanding field vision and a high lacrosse IQ.
“I love to work from behind the cage, controlling the tempo while looking to draw slides and create plays,” he said.
Fiordelisi, who has a grade-point average of 3.8, will be following his brother Brandon’s path. Brandon Fiordelisi is on a four-year Department of the Navy ROTC scholarship and attends SUNY Maritime.
Christian is a team leader in the Young Leaders’ Foundation, a team member of Habitat for Humanity and a team member of Relay for Life.
Now, here’s a Q&A with Christian on his decision.
What were the main factors in your decision?
The Naval Academy was always my No. 1 choice. The Academy is one of the top academic institutions in the world. I also have a strong desire to give back and serve my country.
Navy Lacrosse has a 104-year tradition and being part of that is an absolute honor. I feel (Navy Head) Coach (Rick) Sowell, (Assistant) Coach (Ryan) Wellner and (Assistant) Coach (J.L.) Reppert will be the ones to bring Navy lacrosse back to where it belongs as a top D-I program and hopefully to a national title. Coach Wellner and Coach Sowell at Navy did a great job of guiding me through the entire recruiting process.
My brother, Brandon, will be commissioned as a Naval Officer in a couple of years and has always had a huge impact on my life. I also like the fact that I am going to be challenged beyond my comfort zone.
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
During the process, I considered Villanova, Furman, Providence, Brown, UMass, Fairfield, Binghamton and Vermont.
What area of your game do you need to work on?
I always want to get bigger faster and stronger. I also want to improve my dodges and going to the cage.
How did you get introduced to lacrosse and what other sports have you played?
I started playing lacrosse in first grade at around age 6 with all my friends and haven’t stopped since. I played for Huntington Village and then started playing for a summer travel team in sixth grade. I also have played football and track.
What travel team do you play on what showcase events did you participate in?
I play for the Long Island Outlaws. This past year, I participated in the Brine All-American Classic All-Star Game, The Long Island Rising Junior Showcase and the Warrior Classic All-Star Game.
Any final thoughts?
I would like to thank all of the Huntington HS coaches including Head Coach Paul McDermott, Coach Julian Watts and Coach Charlie Paar. Coach McDermott has taught me how to play with confidence.
I also want thank Coach Justin Arini of the Outlaws who has been a huge support system and mentor and Coach Merk who helped me train. I of course want to thank my mom who made sure I got to all my events and my dad always has given me the best advice and life lessons.
Lastly, I would to thank my brother who has always been there for me and has had my back no matter what. He is always what I thought a Naval Officer should be.
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