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When it comes to Nick Page’s college choice, it would be a lot easier to learn the reason for the Sachem East High School (NY) Class of 2015 standout’s decision to verbal to Stevenson University but asking what he didn’t like about his future college program.
“There was not one thing wrong about this school,” said the two-way midfielder, whose decision was first reported by Joe Lombardi on LaxLessons.com’s Lacrosse Insider premium coverage section.
The 6-foot-2, 192-pound Page has the perfect combination of size and skills. He’s also strong with either hand.
Now, here’s a Q&A with Nick on his commitment.
What were the main factors in your decision?
I wanted a school that was a good for fit me but is also good at lacrosse and I know at Stevenson there is a possibility of me winning a national championship in my four years that I will be there. Also, the facilities are unbelievable and in my opinion, one of the nicest of any school. Also, the coaching staff is awesome.
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
Salisbury, UMass Lowell, University of Tampa and Florida Southern.
What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
I am a two-way midfielder with good speed, strength and a very powerful shot with both hands. I like to use my body when I dodge to really create separation from my defenseman.
One hand isn’t better than another so either way I am forced I can put the ball in the net. My favorite dodge is when I take the ball from up top and dodge lefty and quickly roll back and take a righty time and room shot.
I would describe myself as a strong, powerful middie.
What are of your game do you need to work on?
I would need to work on my defense — mainly how to approach the ball and force the man down the ally.
How did you get introduced to lacrosse and what other sports do you play?
I played football and in third grade, my coach told me I should play, so I signed up. But I also did cross country and wrestled.
What travel team do you play on or showcases did you participate in?
In ninth and 10th grade, I played for the Long Island Jesters, and this year, I played for the South Shore Ballers.
I went to Blue Chip 225, Dixie Top 150, First Look, Suffolk tryout, Stony Brook Fall Showcase and Under Armour.
Any final thoughts?
I’d really like to thank my first coach, Wayne Rhatigan. He really taught me everything I know and I can never repay him for what he has done for me.
Also I would like to thank my athletic trainers Marc Andreassi and Eric Cridi at Dominant Natural Athletics. If it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t have my speed and strength.
I’d mainly like to thank my parents for everything they’ve done for me, like traveling and paying for all these showcases and tournaments and travel teams. Without them, I wouldn’t be where I am today.
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