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Bailey Savio was familiar with Loyola University long before the Greyhounds started to recruit the faceoff midfielder at defending Connecticut Class L champion Greenwich.
After all, Loyola is where Savio’s brother, Graham, a 2013 Greenwich High School All-American, earned a starting job at FOGO as a freshman this past season.
That’s the same position Bailey plays, and with their four-year age difference, Bailey has the opportunity to take over FOGO reigns at Loyola from his older brother, if he continues to hold them down the next three seasons.
Bailey’s commitment to Loyola was first reported when it was made by Joe Lombardi on LaxLessons.com’s Lacrosse Insider premium coverage section.
At this stage of his development, Bailey is well ahead of where Graham, a late bloomer, was.
“Bailey is the most technically advanced faceoff player at this stage in his maturation than I have ever seen,” Greenwich HS varsity coach Scott Bulkley said. “His work ethic and commitment to his craft is only equalled by his older brother Graham. Loyola is getting another tremendous young man and a very good faceoff player.”
The 5-foot-10, 165-pound Bailey Savio, a righty who plays travel for Prime Time, performed well at Maverik Showtime National Lacrosse Recruiting Spotlight this past July, making the all-star game. He was also an all-star at King of the Hill, and MVP Camp.
Now, here’s a Q&A with Bailey on his commitment.
What were the main factors in your decision?
I was looking to choose a school that represented the best combination of academics and athletics. The coaching staff and players at Loyola made me feel extremely comfortable and welcome.
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
In addition to Loyola, I visited with Duke and Syracuse as well as Richmond.
What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
I think one of my strengths is that I am very coachable and am a student of the game. I enjoy working on the technical aspects of the game. I would describe my style of play as being an aggressive face off guy with good stick skills and physical defensive play.
What area of your game do you need to work on?
I am going to continue to work on my offensive skills and production as well as work on my non-dominant hand.
Did the fact Graham plays for Loyola play a factor in your decision?
It was less about my brother Graham playing at Loyola, and more importantly, how happy he is attending Loyola. Graham is working hard on and off the field, and is very happy with being part of the Loyola community.
How did you get introduced to lacrosse and what other sports have you played?
I was introduced to lacrosse by my older brother KJ who currently is attending DePaul University in Chicago. I have also enjoyed playing football.
Any final thoughts?
I would like to thank Coach Miller and Coach Coleman from Greenwich Youth League, Coach Bulkley, Coach Faughnan and Coach Wells from Greenwich High School and Coach Daniello from Prime Time.
I also would like to thank my brother Graham for always finding the time to work with me.
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