When it comes to taking faceoffs, Colin Kaplan is hoping to become the King of Queens.
Kaplan, a 2014 midfielder at Trinity-Pawling (N.Y.), has committed to Queens University in Charlotte, N.C., by Joe Lombardi on LaxLessons.com’s Lacrosse Insider premium coverage section.
The Hamden, Conn., native was officially accepted to the university on Nov. 30 and will sign a National Letter of Intent during the Spring Signing period.
The 5-foot-10, 170-pound Kaplan, who plays for the Connecticut Hurricanes and is in his second year at Trinity-Pawling (N.Y.), is the Pride’s 13th the 2014 commit. A natural righty, he plays lacrosse let-handed.
Now, here’s a Q&A with Colin on his commitment.
I decided on Queens because it was a good fit for me for both lacrosse and academics. It helped my decision to visit Queens and spend time with (Queens University Head) Coach (Jim) Fritz and Assistant Coach (Michael) Rowse, and to have an overnight with kids from the lacrosse team.
What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
People have described my style of play as scrappy and tenacious. I’d like to work and progress on my strength, speed, shot, and even face-offs. I will believe there is room for improvement in my game.
How did you get introduced to lacrosse and what other sports have you played?
I was introduced to lacrosse by my two older brothers. My oldest brother Steve was a big old, tough defender who taught me the reality of the game, and my other brother Jeff was a midfielder who taught me the skills and basics of the game. I also play tennis, squash, golf, and used to play football.
What travel team do you play on what showcase events did you participate in?
For the past two years, I have played for the Connecticut Hurricanes. This past year, I past year, I played in the Prep School Showcase and the Northeast All American Under Armor Tryouts, as well as the King of the Hill and Gait Cup tournaments.
Any final thoughts?
There are many people to thank, most particularly, Coach Nic Bell at Trinity-Pawling who encouraged me to repeat my junior year there (which was the right decision for me), and who has guided and inspired me to do better both in the classroom and on the lacrosse field. I also want to thank Coach (Darryl) Delia and Coach (John) Basti from the Progression Lacrosse program.
And I would also want to thank Brian Healy, who was one of my early lacrosse mentors.
Last but not least, I want to thank my parents who helped me get through this college and recruiting process and much more.
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