It’s been a busy week for Class of 2015 commits for one of the nation’s premier programs — Ward Melville, which just two seasons ago went 22-0 and won its eighth New York state title.
We told you earlier this week about defenseman Mike Cirrone’s verbal commitment to the University of Richmond.
Teammate Jimmy Kickel will be playing his college lacrosse much closer to East Setauket.
The midfielder gave a verbal commitment to Stony Brook University earlier this week, a decision first reported by Joe Lombardi on LaxLessons.com’s Lacrosse Insider premium coverage section.
Stony Brook head coach Jim Nagle was an All-Suffolk County standout at Ward Melville in 1988 when the Patriots won the state championship and went 24-0.
The 5-foot-11, 164-pound Kickel, a righty, is an offensive-minded middie with an outstanding outside shooter with an array of dodge moves.
Now, here’s a Q&A with Jimmy on his commitment.
What were the main factors in your decision?
I really loved the coaches and the academic support they provide their athletes. Also, the distance played a pretty big role in my decision.
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
I was talking to Providence, High Point, St. Joe’s, Hartford and Sacred Heart. I only had the chance to visit Providence.
What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
I think my dodging and lacrosse IQ are my strengths and I think I’m more of an offensive middie.
What area of your game do you need to work on?
My defense and overall strength. My goal is to become a more complete player, not just an offensive middie.
How did you get introduced to lacrosse and what other sports have you played?
My good friend Danny Bucaro’s dad (Rich Bucaro) introduced lacrosse to me in fifth grade. All of my friends were playing, so I thought I should try it out. I used to play football and I love playing basketball.
What travel team do you play on what showcase events did you participate in?
I play for Ward Melville Patriot Elite Green for my varsity coaches.
Any final thoughts?
I would like to thank my family for all the traveling they had to do for me over the summers, especially my mother.
Also, I would like to thank my Three Village youth coaches. They taught me a lot.
And lastly, I would especially like to thank (Ward Melville Head) Coach (Jay) Negus and (WM Assistant) Coach (Chris) Muscarella. They pushed me everyday in practice and helped me improved immensely this year.
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