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Connor Waldron didn’t have to look far to find a college lacrosse program that filled his needs both academically and athletically.
For the Class of 2016 attackman at the Berkshire School (MA), it wound up being not too fa down the road on I-90 at the College of Holy Cross.
Waldron verbally committed to the Crusaders last week, a decision reported by Joe Lombardi on LaxLessons.com’s Lacrosse Insider premium coverage section.
The 5-foot-11, 185-pound right-hander is a finisher who also is effective at finding open teammates and in riding. He had 40 goals and 22 assists for the Berkshire School this past spring.
An outstanding athlete, the Darien, Conn., native also plays fullback and middle linebacker in football.
Now, here’s a Q&A with Connor on his commitment.
What were the main factors in your decision?
The main priority for me was the academics. It was very important to me that I put academics in front of athletics. Along with the academics, the incredible coaching staff at Holy Cross with (Head) Coach (Judd) Lattimore, (Assistant) Coach (Ryan) Klipstein and (Assistant) Coach (Jordan) Nie, made it an easy decision for me.
Lastly, the strong alumni support at Holy Cross for career placement and internships was another key factor in my decision.
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
I visited Penn, Providence, Boston University, and Hobart.
What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
I believe my strengths as a player are my lacrosse IQ, shot and riding ability. I would like to think I am a team player and that I constantly work off-ball.
What area of your game do you need to work on?
I think all areas of my game need work, but particularly my change of direction and left hand.
How did you get introduced to lacrosse?
My dad introduced me to lacrosse at a very young age.
What travel team do you play on and what showcase events did you participate in?
I played for Laxachusetts and Eclipse this summer. I attended Adrenaline Black Card, Platinum Cup, Baltimore Summer Kickoff and FLG in 3d.
Any final thoughts?
First and foremost, I want to thank my parents. They have supported me every step of the way and have always been my biggest fans. My dad has been my biggest lacrosse influence and without him helping me along the way, I would not be where I am today.
I would also like to thank my coaches from Laxachusetts, coaches Morris, Evans, Pascal and especially Coach Connelly, for mentoring me throughout the process.
In addition, I really appreciate the support and coaching that I have received from Coach Hanford with Eclipse and my coaches at Berkshire, Coach D’Ambrosio and Bowler.
Lastly, I would like to thank my coaches from the Darien Youth Lacrosse program. I was incredibly lucky to play for some great coaches: Scott Bulkley, Dom Fin, John Glatzel, Andrew Barnard, Rich van den Broek and Ryan McClay.
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