Ian Junge has the combination Division I coaches covet in a defender.
For starters, the junior at Sachem North is 6-foot-4 and 197 pounds.
But wait, as they say in infomercials, there’s more.
“He has great feet,” Sachem North coach Jay Mauro said. “He also has a great stick.”
Earlier this week, Junge decided on his college destination, committing to UMBC, a decision first reported by Joe Lombardi on LaxLessons.com’s Lacrosse Insider premium coverage section.
Junge, a lefty, excels in transition, is an outstanding one-on-one defender. He also plays basketball for the Flaming Arrows.
Now, here’s a Q&A with Ian on his commitment.
What were the main factors in your decision?
I thought it would be in my best interest to go some where different than Long Island. UMBC also has a great physical therapy program which is what I want to major in.
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
I was considering Stony Brook and Sacred Heart. I visited Lehigh, Stony Brook, Sacred Heart and the Naval Academy.
What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
Some of my strengths are my speed and quickness. I like to play aggressively but not to aggressive to the point of over pursing the ball.
What area of your game do you need to work on?
I need to work on my feet and the angles I take when playing defense.
How did you get introduced to lacrosse and what other sports have you played?
My dad introduced me to lacrosse and was my coach for my first year of playing. I played baseball, soccer and football. I also wrestled and ran track and I am also still part of the Sachem North varsity basketball team.
What travel team do you play on and what showcase events did you participate in?
I play for my school’s summer league team and this summer I participated in the Suffolk versus Nassau showcase game at St. Joseph’s College.
Any final thoughts?
I want to thank Coach Mauro for all his help during this process. I always want to thank my mom, dad and brothers for being so supportive of me in whatever decision I made.
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