Smithtown East High School reached new heights in boys lacrosse this past spring.
The Bulls beat West Islip 12-4 in the Suffolk County (N.Y.) Class A quarterfinals to end WI’s string of 11 straight appearances in the county final and nine consecutive county championships.
In that game, goaltender Brian Balkam had 19 saves for East.
But Balkham has moved on to the University of North Carolina.
One of the contenders to take over for Balkham will also be taking his game to the next level. He’s senior Billy McEnroe, who committed to Division II St. Leo University earlier this week, a commitment was first reported when it was made on Nov. 5 by Joe Lombardi on LaxLessons.com’s Lacrosse Insider premium coverage section.
The 6-foot-1, 175-pound McEnroe, a righty, a strong stopper and communication.
What were the main factors in your decision?
The choices I had in my major, the weather in Florida and the coaching staff of head coach (Brad Jorgensen) and the assistant coach (Peter Sessa).
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
I considered and visited Tampa, Sacred Heart, Boston University, St. John’s and Hofstra.
What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
Being able to make the close inside shots. I believe my communication is also a big factor in my ability to help stop the ball.
What area of your game do you need to work on?
Clearing the ball and my vision of the field before I throw the ball.
How did you get introduced to lacrosse and what other sports have you played?
I got introduced to lacrosse by joining a youth program. I have wrestled and played football as other sports in my high school career.
What travel team do you play on what showcase events did you participate in?
I played for my high school teams travel team because we play together over the summer. We play at all the top tournaments like Battle of The Hotbeds and Tri-Lax to help us get better every year.
Any final thoughts?
I want to thank my parents for everything they’ve done for me. I also want to thank Smithtown alum and goalie Bobby Whitmarsh and former Albany goalie John Carroll for training me making me the player I am today. And to lastly thank my Coaches at Saint Leo for keeping me motivated year round to be the best player I can be.
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