Monmouth University has been making its mark on the recruiting scene since launching its Division I program both with recruits from instate and the entire NY/NJ/CT region.
A big recent verbal for Monmouth came over the river and through the woods at Westlake High School in Thornwood (NY) where attackman Anthony Sardo decided on the Hawks, a decision first reported when it was made by Joe Lombardi on LaxLessons.com’s Lacrosse Insider premium coverage section.
The 5-10, 185-pound lefty is a quick and athletic feeder/finisher.
Now, here’a a Q&A with Anthony on his commitment.
What were the main factors in your decision?
I had a great feeling about (Monmouth Head) Coach (Brian) Fisher and the coaching staff, (Assistant) Coach (Andrew) Geison and (Assistant) Coach (Bill) McCutcheon, at Monmouth University and the direction that the lacrosse program is heading in.
The campus was great and it is right on the beach.
Also, the Leon Hess School of Business at Monmouth University is awesome. Monmouth is the place to be.
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
I visited, went to prospect days and was interested in Marist, Fairfield, Robert Morris, Rutgers, Lafayette and Manhattan.
What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
My strengths as a player are my quickness and athleticism, shooting, feeding and finishing. I also enjoy the riding game. I would describe my style of play as fast paced and pushing the transition game.
What area of your game do you need to work on?
I continue to work on my dodging and stick protection as I try to perfect my game to be a complete player.
How did you get introduced to lacrosse and what other sports have you played?
My dad put me in a lacrosse clinic when I was in second grade and I have played it ever since. I currently play varsity football and basketball at Westlake High School in Thornwood.
As a kid, I also played baseball and soccer.
What travel team do you play on what showcase events did you participate in?
I play for Prime Time Lacrosse out of Cross River. I started playing for Nick Daniello and Prime Time in the fifth grade.
I also played for Moonlight Lacrosse for the past three fall seasons.
This summer, I went to The NYLA Showcase, King of the Hill, MVP (all-star game), Tri-State and the Inside Lacrosse Recruiting Invitational with Prime Time.
This fall I went to The Mid-Fall Classic @ UMASS and The Sound Lacrosse Classic at Fairfield with Moonlight and The Adrenaline Fall Invitational and The Philly Showcase with Prime Time.
Any final thoughts and people you want to thank for helping you get to this point?
I am very thankful and fortunate for being introduced to the great game of lacrosse. I want to thank my mom and dad for always believing in me and supporting me.
I also want to thank all my family members and friends for all their support.
Nick and Chris Daniello and all the coaches at Prime Time Lacrosse that have coached me over the years (Sean O’Rourke, Will Pickel, Mike Daniello, Brian Smith, Bob Crossett, Nick Hautau and Justin Schneidman) for always continuing to mold and shape me.
All of my youth coaches from the Westlake Wildcats Youth Lacrosse Program, Ray Colabatistto, Pat Donnery and Pete Di Nota and Vito Virgilio for starting the Wildcats youth program.
Donna Pirro, AD at Westlake HS and Nick DiPaolo, my guidance counselor.
All of my high school coaches from Westlake, Joe Bucello, Roger Santavicca, Brian Murphy, Hunter Burnard and Justin Otto, Barry Bocklet and Moonlight Lacrosse.
Lastly a special thanks to my first youth lacrosse coach Scott Thomas (he gave me my first real stick) and coach Anthony Botticelli from Xtreme Training for training me. Thank you all and I can’t wait to be a Hawk. Monmouth University Class of 2020.
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