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Mercy College’s success in landing commitments from Long Island standouts has been welcome documented on Lacrosse Insider as those commitments have been made.
Last week, we told you how the Mavericks landed not one — but two — verbals from the very same program, which happens to be one of the best on Long Island.
Then, we reported that longstick midfielder Andrew Cali, like DeFeo a rising seniors, decided on Mercy, a commitment also first reported by Joe Lombardi on LaxLessons.com’s Lacrosse Insider premium coverage section.
The 5-foot-10, 150-pound Cali, a righty, is an athletic player with outstanding field awareness, agility, footwork and instincts.
Now, here’s a Q&A with Andrew on his commitment.
What were the main factors in your decision?
The Honors Business Program, my visit at Mercy College with (Head) Coach Jordan Levine and the team.
I first discovered Mercy College when I was invited to attend the Honors Business Program summer leadership academy, and after hearing more about the program I couldn’t wait to be a part of it.
During my visit with Coach Levine, he made me feel at home and welcomed me as if I was already a member of the team. Hearing a lot about the lacrosse team also influenced my decision. It was good to know that I would be playing for a well respected and overall great team.
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
I was considering Pace University, Molloy Colleg, and Assumption College.
Other schools I’ve visited are Loyola University, Towson University, Fordham University and Quinnipiac University.
What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
My speed and awareness. As soon as I get on the field, I go right after the ball, otherwise I find the nearest man uncovered and look to pick the ball off and get it down field.
What area of your game do you need to work on?
I feel as if I need to work on my weak hand and strength, but there is always room to improve on all other aspects of my game as well.
How did you get introduced to lacrosse and what other sports have you played?
I was first introduced to lacrosse at the age of 5 when I played for my town’s PAL team, and have been playing ever since. I’ve played football, baseball, basketball, and I am currently playing soccer at St. Dominic High School.
What travel team do you play on what showcase events did you participate in?
As of now I do not play on a travel team, but I formerly played on Express and participated in Blue Chip 225.
Any final thoughts?
I’d like to thank my parents for supporting me in everything I do and for allowing me to play at such a young age so I could grow with the sport and continue to get better, and my sisters for always being there for me and helping me throughout my life.
I would like to thank my high school lacrosse coaches. Coach Matt O’Brien for giving me the opportunity to play, get better, and helping me with the recruiting process. Coach Sean Kennedy, Coach Matthew Sheerin and Coach James Durso for always pushing me to try my hardest and give 100 percent at all times.
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