MJ Melillo is a playmaking defenseman.
“My biggest strength I would say is my ability to pick up groundballs and make a good play with the ball,” said the defenseman/longstick midfielder.
Melillo was a member of the Delbarton (N.J.) varsity squad as a sophomore this past season. After two more seasons with the Green Wave, he’ll be heading off to the University of Michigan, a commitment reported on LaxLessons.com’s Lacrosse Insider premium coverage section on Oct. 6.
The 6-foot-1, 190-pound lefty is a strong position defender who is active, especially off the ball, and an unselfish team player.
What were the main factors in your decision?
Main factors in my decision were going to a high academic university with a lacrosse program that I know is going to have great potential to compete in the NCAA Lacrosse regular and post-season.
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
I also visited Notre Dame and UNC and considered Providence, Bucknell and Air Force.
What area of your game do you need to work on?
I need to improve my footwork and my one-on-one play above GLE.
How did you get introduced to lacrosse and what other sports have you played?
I got introduced to lacrosse because my friends were playing it and I thought it look like a fun sport, I thought right.
What travel team do you play on what showcase events did you participate in?
I play club for Patriot Lacrosse and showcases that I have been to include Bluechip, Blackcard and other smaller camps.
Any final thoughts?
I would like to thank my high school coaches — Coach (Chuck) Ruebling, Coach (Matt) Kovachik, Coach (Steven) Coffey and Coach (Craig) Fleishman — and all my friends and family for their support.
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