Justin Smith brings more to the Sachem North High School (N.Y.) boys lacrosse program beyond his abilities as a player.
The senior midfielder and three-year varsity player has also taken on the role of mentor.
“He has a done a great job working with the younger players in the program,” Sachem North coach Jason Mauro said.
In another year, Smith will be a younger player himself in a brand-new program: New York Tech.
Smith gave a commitment to attend NYIT today, becoming the Flaming Arrows’ seventh senior commit and second Sachem North standout headed to New York Tech, joining classmate and fellow midfielder Jake Slater.
Smith’s verbal was first reported when it was made by Joe Lombardi on LaxLessons.com’s Lacrosse Insider expanded coverage section.
Smith, who played on the Flaming Arrows’ first midfield line last season, has strong stick skills and field vision.
“I would describe my play as always leaving everything I have on the field and giving everything I have,” he said.
The 5-foot-9, 150-pound Smith, a righty who also excels on faceoffs, is an unselfish player who often makes an extra pass when he sees the need.
“He leads by example in everything we do on and off the field,” Mauro said.
What were the main factors in your decision?
I wanted to go to a school where I think I can make an impact right away and have a chance to win a championship.
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
I was also considering Florida Southern and Dowling but didn’t visit either of those.
What area of your game do you need to work on?
I’m always trying to improve my one on one dodging, so I can draw the slide and make the smart play.
How did you get introduced to lacrosse and what other sports have you played?
When I was in elementary school, a few of my good friends all played lacrosse and I decided to try and play it, which turned out being the best choice I’ve made. I’ve also played basketball, football, volleyball and baseball.
What travel team do you play on what showcase events did you participate in?
We are lucky enough to have a travel team for our school so we can develop chemistry and bond as a team in the off seasons. This past summer, I played on the Empire State Cup team.
Any final thoughts?
I want to thank Coach Mauro for being a huge help in the recruiting process and always pushing me and the rest of my team to be better players.
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