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Jake Castorf made his mark in his first varsity season at Sachem North High School in Suffolk County.
“He made an instant impact,’ Sachem North coach Jason Mauro said.
Castorf played on the Flaming Arrows’ first two midfield lines and also on man up.
Mauro said he’s expecting a big senior year from Castorf in 2015. After that, he will move on to NCAA Division II lacrosse. Castorf verbally committed earlier this week to Franklin Pierce College in New Hampshire, a decision first reported by Joe Lombardi on LaxLessons.com’s Lacrosse Insider premium coverage section.
The 5-foot-9, 142-pound righty, who has also played attack, is an effective dodger who has the ability to go left.
Now, here’s a Q&A with Jake on his commitment.
What were the factors in your decision?
Going to a school where I feel I can make an impact with a great team and coaching staff. Also, the academics, campus and location of the school all seemed to feel right.
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
I was also considering and visited NYIT, Molloy, and Sacred Heart.
What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
Being able to dodge and feed the open man and make plays. My style of play for the most part is fast-paced.
What area of your game do you need to work on?
I feel I can work on my strength as a shooter.
How did you get interested in lacrosse and what other sports have you played?
I was introduced to lacrosse at my friend Erick Szurley’s birthday party in fifth grade. Everyone was playing and I decided to pick up a stick.
I loved the game right away. Coach Wayne Rhatigan was there, saw me play and got me on his team.
I have also played football, volleyball and basketball.
What travel team do you play on & what showcase events did you participate in?
I play for Sachem North all year round and travel with them. It’s a great team with a great bunch of guys.
I participated in Blue Chip 225 Elite, Dixie 150 All Star, and Long Island Lacrosse Showcase tryouts.
Any final thoughts?
I have a lot of people to thank. My parents for always supporting me, and being there for whatever I needed, my brother Nick, and all coaches that helped support and guide me throughout the years: Coach Mauro, Coach Benway, Coach Grimm, Coach Lang, Coach Rhatigan, Coach O’Brien, Coach Muratore, Coach Gill and Coach Petillo.
I would also like to thank Coach Mauro for all his help in the recruiting process.
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