Dave Pietramala was perched in a folding chair right near midfield at the Long Island Showcase on June 20 at Farmingdale State.
One of the players who caught the eye of the Long Island native and Johns Hopkins coach was a Class of 2017 defender/longstick midfielder from Mount Sinai High School, Lucas Capobianco-Hogan.
Less than two weeks after the showcase, Capobianco-Hogan, a defenseman/longstick midfielder gave a verbal commitment to Hopkins, a decision first reported by Joe Lombardi on LaxLessons.com’s Lacrosse Insider premium coverage section.
The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Capobianco-Hogan, a righty, has good size, toughness and footwork and is a prototypical Hopkins position defender.
Now, here’s a Q&A with Lucas on his commitment.
What were the main factors in your decision?
Besides having an elite academic reputation, their lacrosse program is one of the best in the nation. I really liked the coaching staff and I am excited to be coached by the best defenseman to play the game, Coach Pietramala.
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
Yale and Maryland and I visited Harvard and Michigan.
What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
Besides my size, I am aggressive on ground balls and I communicate well.
What area of your game do you need to work on?
Agility and footwork.
How did you get introduced to lacrosse and what other sports have you played?
My parents both played and when I was in third grade, I started playing youth lacrosse at Mount Sinai. I have also played football, soccer, baseball, wrestling,and basketball.
What travel team do you play on what showcase events did you participate in?
I play with the Long Island Express Tenacious Turtles. I played in the Long Island Showcase and Blue Chip. I was selected to play on the 2014 Long Island Under Armour Underclass Team.
Any final thoughts?
First of all, I have to thank my first coach, Rick Maher, for guiding me through youth lacrosse. Huge thanks to Coach Powers, Coach Drumm and Coach Daquino for helping me develop my skills over the past few years. Special thanks to Coach Rudy, Coach Haggerty, and Coach Joe. I would also like to thank Coach McGrath and Coach Trenkle of Team Long Island.
Of course, I must thank my family for supporting me throughout the years.
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