Sometimes it comes down to location, quality of academic programs, campus size or athletic facilities.
For Will Perry, the destination to commit came down to something far more simpler — and probably far more important, too.
“Providence just felt right,” the sophomore midfielder at Greenwich High School (Conn.) said.
Perry’s commitment to Providence College was first reported earlier this week by Joe Lombardi on LaxLessons.com’s Lacrosse Insider special coverage section.
Perry is the younger brother GHS senior longstick midfielder Cole Perry, who committed to Denison in July.
“Will is one of the hardest working players I have ever worked with,” Greenwich coach Scott Bulkley said. “The time he spends working on his game off the field is truly amazing. Will is one of the best pure shooters around and has a very high lacrosse IQ. He is a difference maker. Providence just got a really good player and person.”
You can watch his highlight reel here. The 5-foot-10, 150-pound Will Perry is PC’s second 2016 tristate verbal, joining middie Ryan Nawrocki of Hauppauge (N.Y.).
Now, here’s a Q&A with Will on his commitment.
What were the main factors in your decision?
Providence just felt right. I like the size of the school, the academics, and tremendous support the school has put behind the lacrosse program. Their facilities are some of the best in the country. I also really look forward to playing for (Providence Head) Coach (Chris) Gabrielli and his wonderful coaching staff. They are all really respected in the lacrosse world and loved by their players.
I believe Providence will become a top D1 lax program very quickly.
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
Fairfield, Colgate, Holy Cross, UVM, Michigan and Air Force.
What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
My biggest strength as a player is my vision and shooting ability. I like to run the ball up and down the field, but when it comes down to it, I love to make big plays with my stick. I also believe I am a scrappy player who won’t hesitate to get into a pile and come out with the ground ball.
What area of your game do you need to work on?
During the offseason, I’ve been working on my strength and footwork to help improve my play on defense.
How did you get introduced to lacrosse and what other sports have you played?
I started playing lacrosse at a very young age and was first taught the sport by my father (Jim Perry) and older brother, Cole. I played football up until 10th grade and I enjoy skiing very much.
What travel team do you play on what showcase events did you participate in?
I play for CP-LAX (Chelsea Piers, CT). This past summer I went to Maverick Showtime and Fab Frosh and this fall I attended National 175, Philly Showcase and Nike Bluechip.
Any final thoughts?
I would like to thank my high school coach, Scott Bulkley. He has worked with me since sixth grade and I wouldn’t be in the position I am in today without him. He has really impacted my life not just on the field but also off. I would like to thank Tim Horgan and Tony Vallance for their advice and coaching my CP-LAX team.
Also I would like to thank my Greenwich Youth Lacrosse (GYL) coaches: Coach Coleman, Coach Roth, Will Mckee, Nikhil Ashra, Coach Miller, Coach Pace and Coach Desalvo. They all helped build me as a person and helped me realize my love for lacrosse.
Last but not least, I would like to thank my teammates from GYL, CP-LAX and Greenwich High. I have been playing with a lot of them for a while now and it has been great.
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