One of the hottest lacrosse programs in New York’s Hudson Valley is Pleasantville.
The Panthers made it all the way to the Section 1 Class C final this past spring, where they fell to eventual state finalist Bronxville.
Pleasantville should be in the thick of the title race once again next season, with a stong senior class that includes attackman Brendan Halloran (Skidmore College) and midfielder Owen Reda (Union).
The Panthers picked up their third 2014 commitment when goaltender Christopher Doerr decided on Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, N.Y., a decision first reported by Joe Lombardi on LaxLessons.com’s Lacrosse Insider premium coverage section.
The 5-foot-11, 164-pound Doerr is a lefty who is a strong position goalie who communications well and is effective at making outlet passes following saves.
What were the main factors in your decision?
Academics and athletics were a major reason for my decision. The moment I stepped on the campus, I felt right at home and after multiple visits to the school I knew that it was the rite fit both academically and athletically.
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
I was also considering SUNY Potsdam, Castleton, Manahatanville, Western New England and Springfield. I visited all of the other campuses as well.
What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
My strengths are bounce shots, starting early transition off a save and communication on defense. My style of play is more conservative but I am working on making my clearing game more up tempo.
What area of your game do you need to work on?
I need to work on all aspects of my game. Coming of a shoulder surgery, I have mainly been focusing on strengthening my shoulder as well as all my other muscles. You can never stop working on any area of your game because once you stop someone else passes you.
How did you get introduced to lacrosse and what other sports have you played?
I got introduced to lacrosse because of my town youth program, Dads Club of Pleasantville. I started playing in third grade with all my friends. I have also played soccer just as long as I have been playing lacrosse.
What travel team do you play on what showcase events did you participate in?
I played for the Renegades when I was younger and then I switched and played for my local team, the Hudson Valley Spartans. I went to Blue Chip, Nat 175 and the Moonlight Showcase.
Any final thoughts?
I want to thank my parents for making me the person I am and always being there for me.
I would also like to thank my coaches, Chris Kear and Bob Kear, for helping me.
Finally I would like to thank all of my teammates.
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