Ryan Monahan was an All-Founders League selection for Trinity-Pawling (N.Y.) this past spring, collecting 75 groundballs on the season.
This school year, the defenseman/longstick midfielder is serving as the Pride’s team captain.
The Brookfield, Conn., native will then transition to the college game. He was accepted to Bowdoin College in Maine earlier this week.
The 5-foot-175-pound Monahan is a righty who combines strong stickwork with good footwork.
Now, here’s a Q&A with Ryan on his commitment.
What were the main factors in your decision?
Over the course of the recruiting process I realized I wanted to use lacrosse as a vehicle to get the best education possible. Bowdoin is very highly regarded as a college academically, which played a major role in my commitment.
(Bowdoin) Coach (Jason) Archbell really made me feel comfortable, and am I thrilled to have the opportunity to play for him for the next four years. Along with this, the guys I’ve met on the team were awesome and made me feel at home.
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
I visited Tufts, Bates, Connecticut College, Lafayette, Providence, St. Joseph’s and Dartmouth while considering schools.
What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
I am a big team player when it comes to lacrosse, and really try to put the team before myself as much as I can. I think my strengths as a player reside in my communication/ IQ, footwork and stickwork.
What area of your game do you need to work on?
I know to prepare for college I need to further myself in the weight room, and continue to improve my game offensively.
How did you get introduced to lacrosse and what other sports have you played?
My mom played lacrosse as an intramural sport in high school, and thought it would be a good way to get us out of the house. I starting playing in second grade, and haven’t looked back since. Other than lacrosse I’ve played basketball, soccer, indoor track and wrestling.
What travel team do you play on what showcase events did you participate in?
I played on the Connecticut Hurricanes primarily, as well as Prime Time this summer. I attended Jake Reed Nike Blue Chip , Prep School Showcase, Hot Beds and Gait Cup.
Any final thoughts?
I would like to thank my parents beyond all for everything they have done for me this entire process. From long nights driving to hot days in the summer, they have been the best and I couldn’t have done this without them. Along with my parents I have to thank the rest of my family, and siblings Erin, Jack and Eilis.
I’d like to thank my coach Nic Bell for everything he has done for me the entire recruiting process. He helped me keep my head level the entire time, and guided me to the best fit possible. He is a great coach, even better mentor, and I would not be where I am today without his help.
I’d like to thank all of those at Progression Lacrosse especially the one and only Coach DD (Darryl Delia). Coach Delia is one of the best in the game, and has always been there for me. One of the greatest men I know.
A special thanks goes out to the legend Mr. (John) Sussingham for always being there, and helping me out with everything and anything.
I have to throw a shout out to all my boys at TP who helped me out along the way. Always help me out no matter what, and best teammates I could ever ask for. Roll Pride.
Special shout out to Sulzbacher (Shotbocker), the Wolk for being the best manager in the Founders, Hoffdaddy, and Mr. Meade.
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