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Seniors from throughout the NY/NJ/CT tristate region have been accepting their diplomas and looking ahead to the biggest turning point in their young lives.
For those who play lacrosse, graduation time is also an opportunity to put their focus on the challenge of college lacrosse.
Carter Haines is one such player.
The recent grad of NJ power Seton Hall will be playing his college lacrosse at the University of Tampa.
The 6-foot-2, 170-pound righty is a strong shooter who excels in transitions.
Now, here’s a Q&A with Carter on his choice.
What were the main factors in your decision?
A number of things played a role in my decision, the largest of which was the campus.
When looking at the various D-II and D-III schools, rarely do you see a school a size and location like Tampa.
I really liked the size because it felt like I was getting the full college experience, and as far as location goes; I really liked being right next to a large city like Tampa. I also really liked the opportunity that the Honors Program at UT provides.
Lastly I liked the level of play that UT offers, I thought high-level Division II was the right fit for me. Being able to seriously compete for a national championship year in and year out was also something I found very appealing.
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
Limestone, Bentley, Rhodes, Illinois Wesleyan and Susquehanna. I visited all five.
What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
My biggest strength is my shot and my transition game. My style of play offensively is heavily based on off-ball cuts to either finish on the crease or to set up a nice outside shot.
What area of your game do you need to work on?
Stick skills are always an area that can improve, especially with my left hand. Hitting the wall is a crucial part of my everyday routine and I constantly make an effort to improve my stick skills. I also think I need to improve my explosiveness out of my dodges to get separation from my defender.
How did you get introduced to lacrosse and what other sports have you played?
Being from Summit, NJ, I have had lacrosse around me since a very young age. I played baseball growing up so when I got to Seton Hall Prep I decided to make the switch to lacrosse. I also play ice hockey, which was huge in making the transition to lacrosse.
What travel team do you play on what showcase events did you participate in?
I play for Building Blocks Lacrosse (BBL). This past summer I attended Dixie Top 150, Champ Camp, and Blue Chip 225, as well as a few tournaments with BBL.
Any final thoughts and people you want to thank for helping you get to this point?
I’d like to thank a few of my coaches at Seton Hall Prep, especially Coach Seann Farrell and Coach Richard Mannes who both played a huge role in my development as a lacrosse player.
I would also like to thank my parents in supporting me throughout not only the entire recruiting process, but also throughout all of my athletic endeavors.
Lastly I would like to thank all of my teammates who trained with me throughout the offseason, as well as the rest of my SHP teammates.
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