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The success Division II Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry (NY) has had of late in getting commitments from Lng Island standouts has been well-documented here.
The latest news on that front comes in the form of a pair of 2015 commitments from St. Dominic’s High School: attackman Matthew DeFeo and longstick midfielder Andrew Cali, verbals first reported by Joe Lombardi on LaxLessons.com’s Lacrosse Insider premium coverage section.
“I think it’s great that (Mercy) Coach Jordan Levine is giving players from Long Island the opportunity to play for such a well-respected college program,” DeFeo said. “It definitely helped in making my decision to know that I was going to be playing with lacrosse players from Long Island.”
The 5-foot-9, 135-pound DeFeo, a 60-point scorer, is a quick and elusive offensive dynamo.
Now, here’s a Q&A with Matt on his commitment.
What were the main factors in your decision?
I was attracted to the Honors Business Program because of its great reputation and success rate. It is known for its internships and job placement. I like the location and the size of the campus.
In addition to the school itself, (Mercy Head) Coach (Jordan) Levine made me feel at home on my visit, which made the decision very easy for me. He has a winning team and I can’t wait to be a part of it.
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
I was strongly considering Sacred Heart University, Pace University, Bentley University and Gettysburg College. I visited Bentley University and Gettysburg College.
What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
My strengths as a player are getting into open space and finishing the ball. Moving off ball is a huge aspect to my style of play.
What area of your game do you need to work on?
I think it’s important to work on all aspects of the game because there’s always room for improvement. I’m working towards getting stronger and faster. I also need to work on my off hand.
How did you get introduced to lacrosse and what other sports have you played?
I started playing lacrosse in third grade for my local PAL team. I also have played baseball, basketball and football. I am currently playing soccer for St. Dominic High School.
What travel team do you play on what showcase events did you participate in?
This summer, I played for the Long Island Outlaws. I participated in the Legacy Invitational, Philly Showcase Summer Invitational, National 175, Island Uprising and Blue Chip 225.
Any final thoughts?
I would like to thank my parents for always supporting me and helping me be the best I could be, and my brother and sister who are always there for me.
I would like to thank my high school lacrosse coaches, Coach Matt O’Brien for helping me throughout the whole recruiting process and making me a better player and as well as Coach Pete Keogh for always pushing me to do my best.
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