After learning that yet another one of his players has decided on Stony Brook University, Sachem North coach Jay Mauro took a moment to reflect.
“It’s kind of crazy how it’s working out,” Mauro said.
Indeed, four current Flaming Arrows have now verballed to the Seawolves. And three former Sachem North players are current on the SBU roster.
Does any other high school from sea to shining sea have more players attending or en route to a D-I lax program? We think not. Stony Brook is located just eight miles north of Sachem North’s Lake Ronkonkoma campus.
The latest verbal came on Tuesday when 2016 attackman Tom Haun decided on SBU, a commitment first reported when it was made by Joe Lombardi on LaxLessons.com’s Lacrosse Insider premium coverage section.
“He is tough, quick and has a great stick,” Mauro said of the 5-foot-8, 140-pound Haun, a lefty. “He’s an extremely diligent worker with a great attitude. It’s team-first and all he cares about is winning.”
What were the main factors in your decision?
Stony Brook has a great academic reputation and is a university-teaching hospital. I have an interest in a career in the medical field. I enjoyed meeting (Stony Brook Head) Coach (Jim) Nagle and (Assistant) Coach (Craig) Gibson.I appreciated Coach Nagle’s great advice and no-pressure approach.
It will also be great to play again at the college level with my teammates at Sachem North: Joe Caridi Mike Calvagna and Anthony Ross.
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
I also considered Maryland, Towson and Rutgers and visited all three schools.
What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
I think I have strong stick skills, very good change of direction and great vision on the field.
What area of your game do you need to work on?
I am working on getting stronger and faster and getting more velocity on my shot.
How did you get introduced to lacrosse and what other sports have you played?
I started playing in second grade and was lucky enough to have Dave Shanahan as my first coach. He made the game fun for second-graders and really gave us all a strong foundation of the game over the next couple of years.
I played a ton of hockey locally and for the Tour Roadrunners, a travel roller hockey team coached by Anthony Violante. Our team was a two-time North Roller hockey champion. I also played ice hockey, basketball, volleyball and football.
What travel team do you play on what showcase events did you participate in?
Sachem stays together as a team over the summer and we play against all the elite travel teams and do very well.
I played for Suffolk in the Nassau/Suffolk Long Island Showcase at St. Joseph’s College.
Any final thoughts?
I want to thank Coach Mauro, (Assistant/Offensive Coordinator) Coach (Paul) Benway, (Assistant/Defensive Coordinator) Coach (John) Lang and the rest of the (Sachem North) coaching staff for the guidance and the endless hours they put in developing Sachem lacrosse players. Special thanks to Coach Mauro for all the help in the recruiting process.
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