Considering the fact that he’s a Jacksonville, Fla., native, it should come as no surprise that Anthony Teixeira grew up playing football.
But that all changed when Teixeira was in the fifth grade.
“A few kids in my neighborhood were talking about trying out lacrosse and I thought it sounded fun, so I signed up for the spring team in my area,” Teixeira said.
Shortly after taking up lacrosse, Teixeira met Matt Kerwick, the former head men’s coach at Jacksonville University. Kerwick is now the interim head coach at Cornell.
Now a junior at the Bolles School in Jacksonville, the attackman could soon be reunited with Kerwick. Teixeira has committed to the admission process at Cornell University, a decision first reported by Joe Lombardi on LaxLessons.com’s Lacrosse Insider premium coverage section.
The 5-foot-11, 165-pound Teixeira, who transferred to Bolles from Creekside High School, is a natural righty but says he likes to play with his left hand even more. He had 42 goals, 29 assists and 69 groundballs as a sophomore. You can watch his highlight reel here.
Now, here’s a Q&A with Anthony on his commitment.
What were the main factors in your decision?
At Cornell, I can get one of the best educations available while being able to compete at the highest level in college lacrosse. In addition, Cornell’s campus is amazing and Ithaca is a really cool town.
Also, being from Jacksonville and (Cornell Interim Head) Coach (Matt) Kerwick being the former coach at JU, I’ve known him ever since I started playing lacrosse in fifth grade. The people at Cornell are great and I can’t imagine a better fit for me.
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
I visited and strongly considered UPenn, Navy and Maryland.
What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
I would say my biggest strength as a player is versatility. I’m comfortable with both hands and like to do a little bit of everything.
What area of your game do you need to work on?
I just want to get a little bit better at everything I do and I want to keep learning more about the game.
What travel team do you play on what showcase events did you participate in?
I play for the CNY Roadhawks and played in NSCLA, MVP2, and the tournament in Stowe, Vt., put on by the Bitter family with the Roadhawks over the summer. I also attended the Adrenaline Black Card Showcase.
Any final thoughts?
I’d like to thank every coach that I’ve had throughout the years because they’re the ones who taught me everything I know. I’d also like to thank my mom and dad because there’s no way I could have accomplished anything that I have without them giving me the opportunities to do so. I look forward to playing for the Big Red in the future.
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