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Our latest 2018 verbal is the fourth tristate rising sophomore commitment for the University of Virginia and also the fourth for the Brunswick School (CT).
It comes from goaltender Patrick Burkinshaw, who arrived at Brunswick by way of Daniel Hand High School in Madison (CT), a decision previously reported by Joe Lombardi on LaxLessons.com’s Lacrosse Insider premium coverage section.
At Daniel Hand, Burkinshaw started on varsity as a freshman in 2014, including a 16-save effort in a win over Guilford.
The 6-foot, 185-pound Burkinshaw then reclassified to the Class of 2018 after transferring to Brunswick. Playing behind Georgetown-bound 2016 Jack Stephenson, Burkinshaw, a righty, had 11 saves in a win over Taft.
He also plays hockey and soccer at Brunswick.
Now, here’s a Q&A with Patrick on his commitment.
What were the main factors in your decision?
I wanted a school that has great academics and to be able play at the highest level athletically and Virginia is a perfect mix of both.
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
I was considering Richmond, Brown, Providence and Princeton.
Have you decided what academic major you plan to pursue?
Not at this time.
What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
Some of my strengths are my quick hands and clears.
I would describe my style of play as an aggressive goalie who’s not afraid to run it up (the field).
What area of your game do you need to work on?
Being more vocal and positional.
How did you get introduced to lacrosse?
I first got introduced to lacrosse when I was 5 years old by my brothers, Mike and John.
What travel team do you play on what showcase events did you participate in?
I play for Eclipse lacrosse club and I participated in maverick showtime and prep school showcase
Any final thoughts and people you want to thank for helping you reach this point?
I first want to thank my mom and dad for all the time they have spent on me whether its going to visit schools or taking my to practice, they do everything.
I also want to thank my brothers. As I was growing up they would put me in net and I used to hate it, but they would keep firing shots at me getting me better everyday.
Finally, I want to thank my high school coach David Bruce and club coach Jamie Hanford for all their help and guidance throughout the whole process.
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