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Ryan Bray, left, on the attack for Suffolk’s rising senior team, alongside Smithtown East’s John Daniggelis, during last week’s Long Island Showcase game at SUNY Farmingdale.

Ryan Bray thought he found the right fit.

It was early in his his sophomore season on the varsity team at then-defending New York Class C state champion Shoreham-Wading River when the attackman/midfielder verbally committed to Ohio State.

At the time, Bray said he wanted to enjoy his college experience outside of being a lacrosse player.

“Also, the atmosphere and the coaches came into play very strongly,” he said back in October, 2012.

But now, Bray has had a change of heart. He’s decommitted from Ohio State and committed to the admissions process at Cornell.

“I wanted to use lacrosse to get into the best academic school possible and Cornell was the right fit,” Bray said in explaining his decision.

The 5-foot-11, 175-pound Bray said Cornell was the only college he was considering.

“I never really looked around at a bunch of schools,” he said. “Cornell was pretty much the only school I took very seriously during this process.”

Bray said he visited Cornell a few weeks ago and “loved the campus and the academics it has to offer.”

A 42-goal scorer for Shoreham-Wading River this past spring, Bray visited Johns Hopkins, Maryland, Georgetown and Yale before deciding on Ohio State in 2012.

He is an aggressive offensive player with a high lacrosse IQ who was named Suffolk County rookie of the year in 2012.

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