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Colin Parrington was familiar with the upstart program at Lincoln Memorial in Tennessee before stepping foot on campus for his visit.
That’s because Josh Hernandez, an All-America longstick midfielder/faceoff specialist for Middletown High School, is now a freshman there.
Parrington, a senior at MHS, will join be joining him, committing to the Railsplitters, a decision first reported by Joe Lombardi on LaxLessons.com’s Lacrosse Insider premium coverage section.
“Josh going to LMU definitely had a big factor with my decision,” Parrington said. “I’ve known Josh since the spring of sophomore year when he was trying out for JV.
“We were both captains on varsity my junior year (his senior). We both had a winning mindset. We always pushed each other to get better.
“Josh and I would spend countless hours on the upper field of our high school just taking shots, working on clears, everything. It didn’t matter what the weather was like we were out there in the winter when it was snowing — the summer heat, rain, everything. We were there everyday just trying to get each other better.
“When he went off to LMU we would have conversations about how it’s going and he told me about how everything was great down there both with school and lacrosse.”
The 6-foot, 235-pound Parrington is a lefty who mostly clears with his right hand. You can watch his highlight reel here.
“Weird, I know,” he said.
Now, here’s a Q&A with Colin on his commitment.
What were the main factors in your decision?
The academics at Lincoln Memorial, brand-new facilities both academically and athletically, also the coaching staff is doing an amazing job recruiting and getting the program where it needs to be for the spring.
I was in touch with the coach throughout the summer and finally scheduled my visit after I received my SAT scores that i needed to be D-II qualified. The campus was amazing and the visit was great.
I did not visit any others schools besides LMU, but I did consider Genesee CC, Suny Delhi, AIC, Curry College, Salem State and Thiel College.
What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
I would say my strength as a player would be communication. I am a very vocal goalie calling out picks, offensive set ups, one on ones, everything.
As a goalie you have to be vocal so I take role as a goalie and think of it as if i am a quarterback I let my defense know what set up the offense is in and where and when to send a d-pole on a slide.
I am a big goalie so I tend to use it to my advantage sometimes and a strength of mine is one on ones there is nothing like getting that nice one on one save when a game is close, it is a great feeling.
What area of your game do you need to work on?
Nobody is perfect and one area of my game I need to work on is clearing. I save the ball with my left hand and switch right after a save to my right hand to clear the ball. I can clear with my left had I just feel more confident clearing with my right. So this offseason I am working on getting my clears off faster.
How did you get introduced to lacrosse and what other sports have you played?
I got introduced to lacrosse seventh grade when my older brother played for my high school. I quit my modified baseball team to go watch his games and start picking up the game.
I was a manager of my lacrosse team eighth grade. I practiced with the team just couldn’t play with them.
I played football since I was a little kid, I stopped the end of my sophomore year to get better at lacrosse. I grew up on playing football and I feel that I lost the desire to play football anymore when I watched and played lacrosse it was like I had a desire to play and was always trying to get out and play every chance I had .
What travel team do you play on what showcase events did you participate in?
I played for Hudson Valley Express
Any final thoughts and people you want to thank for helping you get to this point?
I would just like to thank my family, friends, and coaches for pushing me for the best.
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