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Liam McAuliffe has bounced back in a big way after being this past varsity season with an ACL injury.
The athletic midfielder had earned a starting spot on the varsity team at St. Dominic’s (NY) as a freshman in 2014.
But McAuliffe didn’t let the injury set him back when it came to prospective college opportunities. Earlier this week, he became the fifth Class of 2017 tristate standout to commit to Fairfield University, a decision first reported by Joe Lombardi on LaxLessons.com’s Lacrosse Insider premium coverage section.
A righty, McAuliffe has the ability to use both hands, has a strong and accurate shot, outstanding field vision, anticipation and speed.
What were the main factors in your decision?
The main factor was that throughout my knee injuries, Fairfield and the entire coaching staff was one of the few schools that showed continued interest during my recovery.
I also loved the feel of the campus and could see myself succeeding there on the field as well as in the classroom.
What other schools were you considering and what schools did
I visited and considered Providence, Holy Cross and High Point.
Have you decided what academic major you plan to pursue?
No, I have not yet decided what I plan to major in.
What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
My lacrosse IQ and my ability to see the whole field enable me to be a very good team player. I move the ball well in transition and like the fast-paced style of play.
What area of your game do you need to work on?
I believe that I need to continue to work hard on every aspect of my game, and continue to keep working hard and always improving.
How did you get introduced to lacrosse and what other sports have you played?
I got introduced to lacrosse at the age of 5 in a town recreation league.
I also have played basketball, soccer and football.
What travel team do you play on what showcase events did you participate in?
I play for FLG 2017 and I was unable to play this summer because of my recovery.
I plan on attending Quakerfest, Harvard Crimson Classic, FLG in 3D, and NXT Philly Showcase this fall.
Any final thoughts and people you want to thank for helping you reach this point?
I would like to thank my parents for their constant support throughout the whole recruiting process. I would not be where I am today without all their help.
I would also like to thank coaches Matt O’Brien and Mike Winkoff for all their guidance.
I would especially like to thank my physical therapist, Butch Purslow, for giving me the confidence and strength to get back on the field.
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