Rob Dean is best known in Section 1 in New York’s Hudson Valley as a football standout.
The senior at Our Lady of Lourdes in Poughkeepsie was a two-year starter at tight end and linebacker, helping the Warriors win a Section 1 title.
Dean’s college future is at lacrosse. That future will be further south down the Taconic and Saw Mill parkways at Division II Pace University in Pleasantville, N.Y.
The 6-foot, 205-pound Dean, a righty, is a physical and hard-nosed defender with good footwork and a high lacrosse IQ. You can watch his highlight reel here.
Now, here’s a Q&A with Rob on his commitment.
What were the main factors in your decision?
The school itself has a great internship program. Pace’s master plan includes turf fields and upgraded facilities. When I met with (Pace Head) Coach Tom Mariano and (Assistant) Coach Rob Cornetta they really emphasized the desire to become an elite program. I felt like it was the right fit for me.
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
St. John Fisher, Limestone College and Roger Williams.
What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
My strengths as a player are my lacrosse IQ, physicality, quick feet, groundballs, transition game, stick skills and checks.
What area of your game do you need to work on?
I will continue to work on everything, but I need to continue getting quicker.
How did you get introduced?
I got introduced to lacrosse in third grade in my hometown of Garrison, N.Y. In middle school, I was around great lacrosse players who currently play college lacrosse.
What travel team do you play on what showcase events did you participate in?
The Poughkeepsie Foxes, who is run by the Marist College lacrosse coaches. Also, the Westchester Warriors, run by the Kennedy Catholic coaches.
Any final thoughts?
I would like to thank my family for their constant support.
I would like to thank Pace Head Coach Tom Mariano and Assistant cCach Rob Cornetta for giving me the opportunity.
I would like to thank my high school coach Christopher Malet for starting the first Our Lady of Lourdes lacrosse program and helping me with anything.
I would also like to thank my club coaches Frank Aburzinni ( Denver University volunteer assistant coach) and Nick Savistano (Kennedy catholic lacrosse coach)
I also couldn’t have done it without Tim Donovan (former Syracuse lacrosse player), my mentor who helped me fall in love with the game of lacrosse again.
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