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When Josh Goldberg took his unofficial visit to Endicott College, just north of Boston, he felt right at home.
Considering the senior attackman plays inside the Commonwealth of Massachusetts at Longmeadow High School, just south of Springfield, that shouldn’t come as a surprise.
But there were plenty of other reasons the Gulls proved to be the right fit for the 5-foot-11, 175-pound lefty, whose commitment was first reported by Joe Lombardi on LaxLessons.com’s Lacrosse Insider premium coverage section.
Now, here’s a Q&A with Josh on his commitment.
What were the main factors in your decision?
I chose Endicott for a variety of reasons.
First, Endicott is a home away from home. Something I can say no other school offered me.
Secondly, the campus is absolutely beautiful. Also, the Sports Management program along with the unique Internship opportunity offers me access to be prepared for what I will do once I graduate.
Lastly, Coach Sean Quirk and his staff of coaches, Eric Hagarty, Mike Sciamanna, Lars Keil and Peter Erickson, exemplify the meaning of team on and off the field which is something I have learned to value rather quickly. Coach Quirk has a proven track record.
The guys on the team on my overnight made me feel like I had 45 best friends within 1 night of being on campus.
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
Sacred Heart, Pace and Wagner.
What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
I would say my strengths are my ability to incorporate box lacrosse into my game.
I enjoy using the physical dodging aspect of box lacrosse. I would say my style is a box/field hybrid. I also try to use my body to my advantage.
How did you get introduced to lacrosse and what other sports have you played?
My dad got me to play when I was in kindergarten and first Grade by letting me play with kids who were two or three years older than me. I played Football up until my freshman year.
What travel team do you play on what showcase events did you participate in?
For the last two years I have played for Progression Lacrosse. This summer, I had a concussion so I was limited to events. I did attend for past showcases, the Under Armour New England Tryout (Made Top 88 Game), Legacy Elite Showcase (All Star) and the Summer and Fall National Invite 175 events.
Any final thoughts and people you want to thank for helping you reach this point?
Among the many people I’d like to thank I will start with the foundation of my support system. My mom, dad and brother who mean the world to me. Whether it’s driving 6 1/2 hours to Gettysburg and back, or waking up on a weekend at the crack of dawn to go to practice, they have been there.
Next, I would like to thank the living legend Coach D (Darryl Delia). This man’s wealth of knowledge and connections is untouched by any other coach out there. The bond I formed with Coach D is a testament to the power of a great coach like himself.
Also, I’d like to thank Coach Jon Basti who at times was like an older brother or young uncle who was hip enough to reason with me regarding life and/or lacrosse.
Next, I owe a huge thank you to Coach Quran Hodge who has made me not only a faster and better lacrosse player but a better person as well. I would also like to Jon Davis and Chris Ott of PowerHouse Training.
I would like to thank Jason and Desiree Golub of Synergy Massage & Bodywork for taking me under their wing and really refocusing my life in the right direction.
“Lastly, I would like to thank the Foley family, which is like a second set of parents. These people tirelessly work and modestly go about their business always doing for others when they need it. Without these people I am not sure where I would be in my lacrosse career.
Again, a huge thank you to Coach (Sean) Quirk and his terrific staff who I look forward to having the privilege of playing under for the next four years.
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