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The first thing you notice whenever Gabe Stein is in goal is his physical presence.

The rising sophomore at New Fairfield High School (CT) stands 6-foot-2 and weighs 200 pounds.

Stein not only has good size, he uses it to his advantage in goal. It’s one of the main attributes that caught the attention of several Division I programs.

Last week, Stein decided on a destination, verballing to Marquette, a decision reported by Joe Lombardi on’s Lacrosse Insider premium coverage section.

Stein, who plays travel lacrosse for Prime Time,  becomes Marquette’s first 2017 verbal from the tristate region.

recruiting_updateNow, here’s a Q&A with Gabe on his commitment.

What were the main factors in your decision?
Marquette is a good academic school in a good area surrounding the university and they have a great program for my major (finance) and their lacrosse team is growing and I believe will be one of the best in the coming years.

What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
I was also considering Towson and Fairfield, but I only visited Towson and Marquette.

What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
My strengths are good body positions and I play my angles well. I would describe my style of play as a great blocker.

What area of your game do you need to work on?
I need to work on not moving so much before the shot and being more relaxed in the cage.

How did you get introduced to lacrosse and what other sports have you played?
My youth coach, Eric Alviti, called me one day and asked me to play lacrosse, so I tried it and turned out I liked it instantly.

What travel team do you play on what showcase events did you participate in?
I played for Prime Time Lacrosse and I was at Maverick Showtime, Top 205 and Nat Invite 175.

Any final thoughts?
I would like to thank most importantly my father for everything he’s done for me finically, and traveling all over also i would like to thank my club coach, Nick Daniello, for everything he’s done for me to get recruited.

Next, I would like to thank my youth coach, Eric Alviti, for introducing me to lacrosse and being a great coach for many years and also Coach (Kevin) Kuczma for everything he’s done and also my high school coach, Marty Morgan.

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