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When it comes to Cornell University’s Class of 2017 commits, Andrew Lockhart is the first.

But when it comes to Ward Melville HS (NY) standouts to commit to the Big Red, he’s the latest.

Cornell picked up its first confirmed 2017 tristate commitment as Lockhart, an attackman, committed to the Big Red’s admissions process upon returning from an unofficial visit to Cornell this weekend.

Lockhart’s decision, like the others from that have come Ward Melville before it, was first reported by Joe Lombardi on’s Lacrosse Insider premium coverage section.

Tom Reilly, a 2015 defenseman, committed to Cornell’s admissions process in the summer of 2013. Read the story on Tom’s commitment here.

Jake McCulloch, a 2015 attackman, committed to Cornell’s admissions process in the summer of 2013. Read the story on Jake’s commitment here.

WM’s latest Cornell-bound commit is a polished 6-foot, 175-pound righty who started as a freshman on WM’s varsity squad this past spring.

Lockhart has an exceptional array of skills and good strength and size for his age and is a dangerous scorer, especially in the crease area.

“Andrew is a real tough attackmen that has an extremely high lacrosse IQ and who is a great finisher and feeder,” Ward Melville coach Jay Negus told Joe Lombardi moments after Lockhart’s commitment Saturday afternoon.

Lockart becomes WM’s third 2017 commit, joining Navy-bound defender Andrew McKenna and Hofstra-bound midfielder Dom Prior.

Lockhart is also an outstanding student with a 4.0 grade-point average.

recruiting_updateNow, here’s a Q&A with Andrew on his commitment.

What were the main factors in your decision?
Cornell’s premier academics and the opportunity to join (Cornell Head) Coach (Matt) Kerwick’s and (Assistant) Coach (Peter) Milliman’s outstanding lacrosse program.

What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
I mainly considered Brown, Boston University and Georgetown, along with some others. I visited Cornell and Brown.

What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
My ability to see the field, my fundamentals, and my overall lacrosse IQ. My style of play is extremely scrappy and relentless.

What area of your game do you need to work on?
I work on all aspects of my game to be a better lacrosse player than I am now. One area I am especially honing is my dodging ability.

How did earning a starting spot during your freshman on varsity help you improve your skills and confidence?
I practiced and worked hard everyday until I earned a starting spot towards the end of the season.

The pace of the game is much faster at this level.

Varsity taught me to play fast, and eventually the game slowed down for me.

How did you get introduced to lacrosse and what other sports have you played?
My dad introduced me to lacrosse at 7 years old.  I’ve played football and still currently play basketball.

What travel team do you play on what showcase events did you participate in?
This summer I played on Patriot Elite Gold.  I attended the Under Amour All-American Uncommitted Game and many other great tournaments with Patriot Elite Gold.

Any final thoughts?
First and foremost, I would like to thank both of my parents and my brother for always supporting and encouraging me.

I would like to thank (Ward Melville Head) Coach (Jay)  Negus for developing me as a player and for his outstanding guidance.

Additionally, I thank my former club coach, John Rowan, for teaching me that hard work is more valuable than talent.

Finally, I would also like to thank all my teammates because without them I would not be where I am today.

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