Joseph McHale liked what he saw at Providence College, including a new weight room and locker room.
But it wasn’t just what he saw then, but the Friars’ vision for the future.
“The new facilities and a new future stadium show a strong commitment to lacrosse,” he said.
So it should come as nor surprise — especially for those members of LaxLessons.com’s Lacrosse Insider premium coverage section — that the Seton Hall Prep (N.J.) 2015 midfielder has verballed to P.C., a decision first reported by Joe Lombardi on Lacrosse Insider.
The 6-foot-1, 165-pound McHale, a lefty, is a strong shooter with good stick skills and field vision who excels in transition. You can watch his highlight reel here.
Now, here’s a Q&A with Joseph on his commitment.
What were the main factors in your decision?
Providence College is a very strong and competitive academic school and has a great campus. I was really impressed with (Providence Head) Coach (Chris) Gabrielli, (Assistant) Coach (Brett) Holm and (Assistant) Coach (John) Galloway and the culture of winning that they are building at Providence.
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
I also considered Delaware, Colgate, Boston University, Tufts and Amherst.
What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
I believe my strengths are my good field vision, lacrosse IQ, strong stick skills and ability to finish shots. My style of play is very up tempo, where I like to push transition and create offensive opportunities. i also take pride in my defensive abilities and work ethic for groundballs.
What area of your game do you need to work on?
I believe I need to continue to work on my overall strength and off-hand stick skills.
How did you get introduced to lacrosse and what other sports have you played?
I was introduced to lacrosse in second grade through clinics in my hometown (Bernardsville, N.J.), was able to play with the recreation team in third grade, and have played ever since. I was also a quarterback on the football team through my Sophomore year at SHP.
What travel team do you play on what showcase events did you participate in?
In the summer, I play for the Building Blocks Lacrosse Black 2015 team. Last summer, I attended Top 205, Blue Chip 225 (Elite Division) and the Battle of the Hotbeds.
Any final thoughts?
I would like to thank my parents for their support and guidance and for keeping me grounded while pursuing my dream of playing college lacrosse.
I would also like to thank my high school coach, Dave Giarrusso, for his help and guidance through the recruiting process.
Also, my club coaches, Andrew Hubschmann and Jeff Nunziato at Building Blocks Lacrosse, have been very instrumental in helping me develop as a player.
I look forward to playing for the great Providence coaching staff after graduating from Seton Hall Prep.
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