Some lacrosse players find football to be a perfect complement sport to play in the fall. Others prefer soccer.

Then there’s Brandon Yaraghi.

byaraghi“I am playing football for my senior year, but I have played soccer all of my life,” said the senior longstick midfielder at Friends Academy (N.Y.). “I have always wanted to try football and I knew if I didn’t try it this year I would have regretted it my whole life. Also my experience playing soccer has helped because I am the starting kicker as well.”

It’s that type of versatility — not to mention athletic ability — that has made Yaraghi an appealing target for college programs.

Connecticut College ultimately emerged on top in the recruiting race for Yaraghi’s services, a commitment first reported by Joe Lombardi on’s Lacrosse Insider expanded coverage section.

The 5-foot-11, 175-pound Yaraghi is a rangy, aggressive player who is strong on getting groundballs and in the open field and who loves an uptempo style of play. He is effective at getting up and down the field and is a threat on offense as well as defense, as evidenced by his seven goals and one assist this past spring.

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

What were the main factors in your decision?
The coaching staff and environment of the college. I got a great vibe the first time I visited and it immediately seemed like a good fit.

What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
Williams, Hamilton and Amherst and I was lucky enough to visit all these schools.

What area of your game do you need to work on?
I think if there is one specific area of my game that needs improvement, it is my one-on-one defense.

How did you get introduced to lacrosse?
One of my friends from school introduced me to the sport in sixth grade.

What travel team do you play on what showcase events did you participate in?
I have played for the Rough Riders, For the Love of the Game and LI Jesters. I have gone to National 175, Blue Chip 225 and Champ Camp.

Any final thoughts?
I would like to thank my parents for all of the support they have had for me and for all of the sacrifices they have had to make to get me to any event I had to go to.

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