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A powerful shot and good speed is a perfect combination for a college midfielder.
Meet Alex Ives.
The Class of 2016 standout at the Salisbury School possesses both attributes. So it should come as no surprise he has has committed to St. Joseph’s University, a decision first reported when it was made by Joe Lombardi on LaxLessons.com’s Lacrosse Insider premium coverage section.
The 6-foot, 182-pound Ives, a transfer from Horace Greeley in Chappaqua (NY), has a shot that’s been clocked at 98 miles per hour. The righty runs the 40-yard dash in 4.8 seconds. He also has strong stick skills and is strong with both hands.
Now, here’s a Q&A with Alex on his commitment.
What were the main factors in your decision?
When I was deciding on which school I wanted to attend, what I was really looking for was a strong mix between great academics and great athletics which St. Joe’s absolutely offers.
Also, to be able to play for head coach Taylor Wray and assistant head coach Dan Keating – along with the great staff at St.Joe’s influenced my choice as well.
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
Boston University, Ohio State, Fairfield, Rutgers, Richmond and Marquette and some D-III programs: Franklin & Marshall, Wesleyan, Amherst, Salisbury, Denison, Washington College, Goucher and Skidmore.
What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
I have a strong shot on the run – in close and out from a distance. I’m strong in transition, dodging and breaking down the competition – that’s my strength. I am physical and distribute the ball well.
My speed, strength and athleticism are great assets to me on the field and help me in all facets of my game. I like to think of my style of play as aggressive, tough, smart and fast.
What area of your game do you need to work on?
I need to work on a good amount of things, including my team defense and further improving my lefty shot on the run.
How did you get introduced to lacrosse and what other sports have you played?
My dad played lacrosse and so he introduced me at a young age to the game – signing me up for my town’s local youth program. I have also played football and basketball.
What travel team do you play on what showcase events did you participate in?
I play for the Long Island Sting. This summer I played in Delaware at MVP, Blue Chip 225, The Under Armor Shootout, National Invite 175, and the Moonlight All-Star Showcase.
This fall I attended Quakerfest, the Harvard Shootout, the Warrior Diamond Showcase and the Bulldog Classic at Yale.
Any final thoughts and people you want to thank for helping you get to this point?
First, I would like to thank my parents, for their incredible and enthusiastic support. I wouldn’t be here without them.
I would also like to thank my coach at the Salisbury School Bobby Wynne for constantly helping me throughout the entire process andt my club coach with the LI Sting Ken Miller for pushing me, always advocating for me, and getting me in front of the right people. Lastly, I’d like to thank all my teammates.
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