Brendan Halloran has helped Pleasantville High School (N.Y.) reach new heights in lacrosse.
The senior attackman led the Panthers to their first-ever appearance in the sectional finals, where they fell to eventual New York state finalist Bronxville.
Next year, Halloran hopes to have a similar impact at the collegiate level.
He decided where that destination will be last week, giving a verbal to Skidmore College as reported on LaxLessons.com’s Lacrosse Insider premium coverage section.
The 5-foot-11, 155-pound Halloran thrives in up-tempo and transition situations where he can get out and run. He is effective at finishing either in close or from behind the net, where he is especially adept at finding the open man.
What were the main factors in your decision?
Academics, lacrosse, and the location. I was looking for a school that offered a great education along with athletics. I wanted to have the best college experience both on and off the field. After visiting Skidmore multiple times, I felt that it had all of these qualities and was the right fit for me.
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
I was also considering Stevens Institute of Technology, Haverford, Union, Ithaca and Clark. I visited all of these schools except Ithaca.
What area of your game do you need to work on?
I need to improve every part of my game in order to be successul at the next level however, I am focusing on getting stronger, faster, and becoming a threat from the outside. I want to improve my shot from mid-range.
How did you get introduced to lacrosse and what other sports have you played?
I was introduced to lacrosse by our youth program (Dad’s Club) in Pleasantville, starting in third grade. I ran cross country the past two years, but decided to concentrate on lifting and improving my lacrosse game for my senior year.
What travel team do you play on what showcase events did you participate in?
I played on Team Superstar (2014 Blue) based out of Ridgefield, Conn., and I also played for my town team, the Hudson Valley Spartans. I participated in New England 150, National Invite 175, UMass Mid-Summer Classic, Lehigh Laxfest and many other tournaments.
Any final thoughts?
First, I would like to thank my parents (Brian and Jolina), without them I wouldn’t be the person I am today. They drove me to all of my events and supported me since day one. I am so grateful for everything they do for me.
My high school coaches, Chris and Bob Kear for having confidence in me, giving me an opportunity, and working hard to help develop me as a lacrosse player. I would also like to thank my Superstar coach Vin D’Andraia for guiding me through the process and calling many coaches on my behalf.
Lastly, I would like to thank my teammates at Pleasantville High School, without whom I wouldn’t have turned into the person or player that I am today.
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