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Andrew McKenna got a taste of playing at a higher level this past spring.
The freshman made the varsity squad at 2013 New York state champion Ward Melville as a freshman.
“I believe it really helped me develop as a player and get a feel for what I need to do as a player,” McKenna said.
That seems certain now. Last week, he became the third WM defenseman to make a Division I commitment when he verballed to Navy, a decision first reported by Joe Lombardi on LaxLessons.com’s Lacrosse Insider premium coverage section.
The 6-foot, 155-pound McKenna is a strong position defender with good skills and a high lacrosse IQ.
Now, here’s a Q&A with Andrew on his commitment.
What were the main factors in your decision?
I picked Navy because it had a good lacrosse program that I feel I’m a good fit for, and also the great education it provides, and the opportunities it give you after you graduate.
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
I only visited the Naval Academy, but I had interest from other schools like Cornell, Air Force, Lehigh and Binghamton.
What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
I believe my lacrosse IQ is my biggest strength as a player. I try to do the right thing when I have the ball in my stick. I also try my best to communicate with my teammates when the ball is in our defensive zone.
What area of your game do you need to work on?
I believe that I need to be more aggressive when my man has the ball and try to take it away or put some more pressure on him so he makes a bad play.
How did you get introduced to lacrosse and what other sports have you played?
When I was a child, I was always at lacrosse events for my dad or my two older brothers, so growing up watching them play made me want to play lacrosse.
What travel team do you play on what showcase events did you participate in?
After my freshman year on the Ward Melville varsity team, and for the summer I played on the Patriot Elite and Long Island Outlaws summer organizations. I was also in the Suffolk Top 20 game (Long Island Showcase), and the LI Lax Fest all-star game.
Any final thoughts?
I want to thank my family, mostly my mother and father for doing everything they did to get me to this point, if it was driving me to where ever i needed to go for lacrosse, or paying for me to play lacrosse and just supporting everything I do.
I also want to thank my high school coaches this year (Ward Melville Head) Coach (Jay) Negus and (Assistant) Coach (Chris) Muscarella for giving me the opportunity to play with the varsity squad this year.
I also want to thank my summer league coach, Mike Zerbo, for training with me and giving helpful pointers on how to bring my game to the next level.
I also want to thank Christian Mazzone, John Rowan, Mike Brennan and John Black for coaching me.
Finally, I want to thank all my coaches from the Three Village Youth Lacrosse Program (Dave Purdy, Brian McGinley, and my father Ray McKenna) for coaching me and giving me all the advice that i needed to become the player I am today.
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