Steven Tobey got a late start in lacrosse.

But once he began playing the sport, it didn’t take him long to realize it was perfect for him.

“I was introduced to lacrosse my freshman year in high school and fell in love with it,” said the senior goaltender at Stratford High School (Conn.) “Ever since then, it’s shown me so many life lessons and opened so many doors for me.”

The biggest being a college opportunity. Tobey has decided on Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, N.Y., in the Hudson Valley.

The 5-foot-7, 170-pound righty is a strong stopper with good communication skills.

recruiting_updateNow, here’s a Q&A with Steven on his commitment.

What were the main factors in your decision?
The academics, athletics and how I felt at campus, After my overnight and being  in classes and also being able to see the team practice, I knew I wanted to be a Blue Knight.

What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
I visited and considered Eastern Connecticut State University, Washington College, Manhattanville College and Desales University as well as Endicott College as possible college choices.

What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
My strongest strengths as a player would be clearing the ball, communicating with my defense and shots on my five hole. I would describe my style of play as aggressive but focused.

What area of your game do you need to work on?
I believe I need to work on everything, you can never be too good at one thing or perfect for a certain shot.

What travel team do you play on what showcase events did you participate in?
I played for Paragon led by former MLL player Glenn Adams. I participated in Top 205, Elite 100, Champ Camp, Lehigh Laxfest, Bulldog Bash, Warrior for a day And the Southern Elite Showcase.
Any final thoughts?
I would like to thank my parents for always believing me and giving me the opportunity to do what I have done and where I have done it, without them this wouldn’t have been possible.

I would like to thank my team for supporting me as well and always being like brothers to me and playing at their best at all times to get all of us better. As well as Coach Paul Cochran who’s been behind my back since freshmen year and who has always helped me on and off the field.

Last but most importantly, Karen Newall. Without Karen Newall there wouldn’t be a lacrosse program and without me discovering lacrosse I am not sure where I would be right now and that’s the honest truth.

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