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The University at Albany men’s lacrosse program made history last month.
The Great Danes, coached by former Yorktown HS (NY) and Johns Hopkins All-American Scott Marr, picked up their first-ever freshman verbal commitment.
It comes from Canada, by way of the Salisbury School (CT) where attackman Teioshontathe McComber (pictured above and at left) has decided on the Danes, a decision first reported when it was made by Joe Lombardi on LaxLessons.com’s Lacrosse Insider premium coverage section.
The 5-foot-6, 150-pound McComber, who just turned 15 last month, is a lefty with outstanding stick skills and shooting ability.
A native of the Kahnawake Mohawk Territory in Quebec, the Native America’s favorite player is Miles Thompson.
Now, here’s a Q&A with Teioshontathe on his commitment.
What were the main factors in your decision?
My decision on choosing UAlbany was because I really felt a a good connection with the coaching staff and I really like the fact that it’s a school that’s close to my home.
It was very important to me that I am close to my family and my community while at the same time being able to play the game that I love at the college level.
I also really like UAlbany’s run-and-gun style of play which I think I can fit into quite well.
What does it mean to you to be Albany’s first freshman commit?
It feels good to be Albany’s first freshman commit, but I also realize that it doesn’t end there.
The fact that I am their first freshman commit is good motivation for me to work extra hard from this point on until I get there and prove to them that what they seen in me early on was spot on.
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
I visited Ohio State and I considered Denver.
What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
I would describe my style of play creative and quick.
What area of your game do you need to work on?
I think I need to work on my right hand way more because it will help me more in the field game way more.
How did you get introduced to lacrosse and what other sports have you played?
When I was born, the first sport I was introduced to was lacrosse. I started playing around 3 years old along with hockey.
When I was 14, I started to wrestle for a few years but my main focus was always on lacrosse.
What travel team do you play on what showcase events did you participate in?
I play for the Ottawa Capitals and Sweetlax. I participated in the All-Canada Games for two years along with the Legacy Showcase this past fall.
Any final thoughts and people you want to thank for helping you reach this point?
I would like to give a huge thank you to my parents for their support and commitment to bringing me throughout the United States for tournaments and school visits.
I am very grateful to have the parents I have, letting me play the game I love and always giving me advice for what I need to do in order to take it to the next level.
I would also like to thank my Coach Kevin Martin for helping me and my parents with the recruiting process every step of the way as well as the rest of the staff at Sweetlax for continuing to help me improve on my field game.
I would also like to thank my coaches Callum Crawford, Jay Fox and Kevin Castor from the Ottawa Capitals coaching staff. They have been with me since I started playing field and have encouraged me to be the best I can be.
I would like to thank my father for teaching me everything I know about lacrosse. He was my coach from day one when I started playing box lacrosse at 4 years old and he continues to coach my box team every summer.
Last but not least I would like to thank (Salisbury School) Coach (Bobby) Wynne for pushing me to do my best in the classroom and on the field. I am more than thankfull to have a man and coach like him to guide me throughout my four years at Salisbury School.
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