Suffolk County (NY) Class A has once again proven to be as competitive a conference top to bottom as there is in the nation.

So to say Half Hollow Hills West’s Joe Cipoletti is one of the top defenders in the conference, should tell you everything you need to know. He’s also an outstanding student, with a 3.5 grade-point average.

The 5-foot-11, 190-pound Cipoletti is a physical and agile player with good stick skills.

Soon, he’ll be taking those skills from Hills West to the Division I level. Cipoletti has verbally committed to Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn., a decision first reported by Joe Lombardi on’s Lacrosse Insider premium coverage section.

Cipoletti is also effective in getting groundballs, forcing turnovers and finding open players in transition.

You can watch his highlight reel here.

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

What were the main factors in your decision?
Sacred Heart University was one of my top college choices. The University is not far from my family and has the major I plan on studying. I really like the coaching staff and I feel that I can add value to the defense.


What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
Lehigh, Colgate and St. Joe’s.

What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
I believe I am an agile player with strong stick skills that can play at a very physical level.

What area of your game do you need to work on?
One area of my game that I am always trying to improve on is my footwork.

How did you get introduced to lacrosse and what other sports have you played?
When I was younger, I played football and baseball. Most of my friends played lacrosse and always wanted me to play. One summer, I joined lacrosse and played for my town’s youth league. I ended up loving the sport and quit baseball the next summer to focus on lacrosse.

What travel team do you play on what showcase events did you participate in?
My summer club team is Team 91. Some of the camps I have attended were Maverick Showtime, Blue Chip 225, Top 205 and Peak 200.

Any final thoughts?
I would like to thank my current coaches Nils Haugen and Jim Mule, and all my youth coaches for educating me and teaching me how to play the game. I would also like to thank my family and friends for supporting me through out my athletic career.

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