The Class of 2016 is growing and growing when it comes to college commitments — both inside and outside the New York/New Jersey/Connecticut tristate region.
Today we are spotlighting a big verbal that comes beyond the borders of the nation’s No. 1 hotbed for lacrosse.
Dox Aitken, an attackman/midfielder at the Haverford School (Pa.)., verbally committed in mid-August to the University of Virginia.
The 6-foot-2, 175-pound Aitken is a righty who excels on both ends when he plays midfield, as shown on his highlight reel.
“I feel that I can use my size on both offense and defense (at midfield),” said Aitken, who also plays football at Haverford. “Being at attack is a whole different story, but I also feel I get use my size and quickness to put myself in the right place.”
What were the main factors in your decision?
I loved everything about Virginia. Not only do they have great lacrosse tradition, they have outstanding academics as well. On my visit, I felt very at home and I knew that Virginia is the place I wanted to be.
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
I was very impressed by the lacrosse families and the academics at the University of North Carolina and the University of Pennsylvania.
What area of your game do you need to work on?
I think I need to work most on my defensive play at midfield, specifically shading my opponent to one side. I also need to improve every part of my game to become a player at the next level.
How did you get introduced to lacrosse and what other sports have you played?
I was introduced to lacrosse by my whole family really. On both sides of my family, there are lacrosse roots, so it was only a matter of time until I picked up a stick. I was also play football and golf.
What travel team do you play on what showcase events did you participate in?
I play on Mesa Fresh, and I participated the Greene Turtle tournament, MVP at Delaware and Tri-States.
Any final thoughts?
I would like to thank my high school coaches, Coach John Nostrant, Coach Mark Petrone and Coach Travis Loving, for their support in helping me transition to a high school lacrosse player and become a better person.
I would like to thank (Duke’s Lacrosse Club Assistant) Coach Jason Christmas (former Lower Merion High School and Villanova University player).
I also would like to thank my Mesa coaches, Peter Rohr, Brad Ament, Dave Sowers and Adam Mueller, for helping me improve my lacrosse IQ and ability.
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