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In his verse, “If,” the poet Rudyard Kipling outlined qualities that make a boy become a man.
His very first was this: “If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs and blaming it on you.”
That’s an attribute that’s especially essential for a goaltender.
Meet St. Augustine Prep (NJ) sophomore Luke Russamanno.
Russamanno is a strong stopper, especially on tough-to-save low shots, who is also effective on clears.
But when asked for his strengths as a player, he starts with something else.
“Keeping calm in stressful situations,” he said.
That ability should serve him well at the next level. He will spend it at Ohio State University after committing to the Buckeyes earlier this week, a decision first reported when it was made by Joe Lombardi on LaxLessons.com’s Lacrosse Insider premium coverage section.
The 5-foot-11, 180-pound Russamanno, a righty, is also an outstanding position goalie. You can watch his highlight reel here.
Now, here’s a Q&A with Luke on his commitment.
What were the main factors in your decision?
The extra help available for athletes at the school.
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
Rutgers, Delaware, Denver and Hofstra.
How would you describe your style of play?
I play out of net and athletic plays inside the net.
What area of your game do you need to work on?
I just keep working on my overall game
How did you get introduced to lacrosse and what other sports have you played?
I was introduced by my friend and I have play football, wrestling, squash.
What travel team do you play on what showcase events did you participate in?
South Shore and I went to showtime Philly showcase
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