Jason Simaan’s excellence in the faceoff X will take him from the furthest point west in the continental United States to one of its furthest points east.
The Class of 2016 midfielder at Corona del Mar High School in Newport Beach, Calif., has committed to the admission process at Brown University in Providence, R.I., some 3,000 miles away, a decision first reported by Joe Lombardi on LaxLessons.com’s Lacrosse Insider premium coverage section.
The 5-foot-7, 155-pound Simaan is a righty who is effective at starting transition opportunities after winning faceoffs and either dishing to teammates or shooting himself. He is an energetic and active player with good quickness and deceptive physical strength. The athletic Simaan also plays soccer and football. (In much of California, varsity soccer season runs from December through February.)
Now, here’s a Q&A with Jason on his commitment.
What were the main factors in your decision?
I always knew that Brown had great academics, which was important to me.
After meeting with the coaching staff and visiting the school, I knew Brown was a great fit.
It will be a privilege to play for (Brown Head) Coach (Lars) Tiffany and his staff.
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
I considered and visited Yale, Virginia and Dartmouth.
What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
I am very motivated and determined to help my team. My goal is always getting possession of the ball at faceoffs to create scoring opportunities for my team.
What area of your game do you need to work on?
I am working on strength and speed.
How did you get introduced to lacrosse?
My friends, Nick and Stephen, introduced me to lacrosse. We played football and soccer together.
I decided to join them in lacrosse after our football season was over. I didn’t know anything about lacrosse and never saw the game but decided to give it a try.
My first lacrosse coach, Andy Chalupa, introduced me to faceoffs.
What showcase events did you participate in?
Green Turtle Invitational, High Rollers All-Stars, Harvard Showcase, Jake Reed Blue Chip, Adrenaline Challenge and Under Armour Underclassman Tournament.
Any final thoughts?
There are so many people who helped me along the way. I had coaches and D-I players like Blake Burkhart (Loyola University) who trained me on faceoffs.
They also gave me opportunities to play at competitive tournaments. GW Mix, my high school coach, was great a support during the recruiting process.
I am lucky to have parents who support by passion.
I am looking forward to being part of Coach Tiffany’s lacrosse program at Brown.
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