It would be hard to say where Peter Dearth is more valuable on the lacrosse field.
Offensively, the sophomore at Connecticut power Ridgefield uses his quickness, athleticism and ability to shoot on the run to create scoring opportunities.
Defensively, Dearth’s physical attributes — coupled with a strong lacrosse IQ — allow him to get takeaways and groundballs and start transition opportunities.
“I see myself as a classic two-way middie who excels on both ends of the field,” he said.
Dearth decided last week where he will taking those abilities to the college level, giving a verbal commitment to Syracuse University, a decision first reported by Joe Lombardi on LaxLessons.com’s Lacrosse Insider premium coverage section.
The 6-foot-2, 180-pound righty, a member of the Tigers’ varsity squad as a freshman last year, is the brother of 2013 RHS All-America midfielder Cal Dearth, who started as a freshman in the first D-I game in Boston University history on Saturday.
Now, here’s a Q&A with Peter on his commitment.
What were the main factors in your decision?
Ever since I started playing lacrosse, it’s been a dream of mine to attend Syracuse. I wanted a school with other competitive sports teams, where I could enjoy being a fan, as well as a player.
Also, I wanted to go to a school close enough to home where my family could be there on game day.
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
I also considered Virginia, Brown, Lafayette and Boston University. I visited Syracuse, Brown and BU.
What are your strengths as a player?
I’m a strong defensive midfielder who can start transitions. I see the field well, and my size, speed and athleticism help to give me an advantage.
What area of your game do you need to work on?
I need to improve my shot and dodging. Also I would like to increase my strength.
How did you get introduced to lacrosse and what other sports have you played?
When I was in first grade, a family friend brought over some of his old lacrosse gear. My brother and I tried out a clinic that spring, and I haven’t looked back since.
I’ve played soccer and basketball throughout my life, and hope to continue all the way through high school.
What travel team do you play on what showcase events did you participate in?
I play for Team Superstar 2016. I attended Evolution Games in Philly, Battle of the Hotbeds in Delaware and Fab Frosh in Greenwich. I was named an All Star at all three events.
Any final thoughts?
I would like to thank Jim Philbin, Darren Muller, Chris Blair, Tom Galione and Nate Loeb, who coached me throughout my youth lacrosse career.
I can’t thank my high school coach Roy Colsey enough for his help on the field, and with the recruiting process.
Lastly, I want to thank my family for supporting me throughout the whole process.
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