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Aidan Byrne’s path to college lacrosse is one he has become happily family with by now.
The Class of 2018 attackman at defending CHSAA (NY) champion Chaminade will be the fourth brother in his family to play at the next leve.
Byrne’s commitment to Army, made last week, was first reported by Joe Lombardi on LaxLessons.com’s Lacrosse Insider premium coverage section.
Byrnes’ oldest brothers are twins. Kieran Byrne.s is a sophomore attackman at Villanova. Kieran’s twin, Conor, also launched his college career in 2015 as a freshman defender at VMI. Attackman/midfielder Liam Byrnes is a freshman attackman/midfielder at Gettysburg.
The latest Byrnes to play college lacrosse, Aidan Byrnes, is a polished and savvy offensive performer with a high lacrosse IQ.
The 6-foot-1, 175-pound lefty is a strong dodger with outstanding field vision.
Chaminade now has seven sophomore commits, with the following joining Byrnes: Andrew Bonafede, Duke, goaltender; Will Kusnierek, Notre Dame, attack/midfield; Sean Kuttin, Johns Hopkins, midfield; Frank Marinello, Duke, defense; Chris Nicholas, North Carolina, midfield; and Anthony Tangredi, Lehigh, defense.
What were the main factors in your decision?
There were many factors that influenced my decision. At the end of the process, I felt Army West Point was the right fit for me.
The school has a great academic reputation, a great tradition of excellence and leadership, and it is close enough to home that my family can visit and see games.
On top of that, I will have the honor to serve my country after graduation.
On the lacrosse side, Army-West Point is a nationally ranked program and I felt very comfortable with (Head) Coach (Joe) Alberici, (Assistant) Coach (Justin) Turri and (Assistant) Coach (Kyle) Georgalas. They made me feel very welcome and I feel that my style of play will work well within their system.
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
I visited Penn State, UPenn, Providence and Richmond. I also considered Villanova.
Have you decided what academic major you plan to pursue?
What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
My strengths as a player are my ability to dodge with my head up, my field vision and feeding ability, my off-ball play and my ability to finish.
My style of play is a mix of my two older brothers, Kieran and Liam. I am a heads up dodger which allows me to use my size and speed to get to good spots on the field, and create opportunities for myself and my teammates.
What areas of your game do you need to work on?
While I will continue to work on all areas of my game, I will concentrate on my off hand and riding.
How big of an influence did your brothers have on your development as a player and how does it feel now that you will soon be the fourth Byrnes brother to play at the college level?
My brothers have had a huge influence on my development as a player by constantly supporting me and challenging me to always improve. It feels amazing because we all dreamed about playing college lacrosse, and now that will become a reality.
How did you get introduced to lacrosse and when did you first start playing lacrosse?
I honestly can’t remember a time when I wasn’t playing lacrosse, either in the backyard with my brothers or at youth clinics in Garden City.
What travel team do you play on what showcase events did you participate in?
I play for Long Island Express coached by Mike Chanenchuk and John Lynott. I participated in the Prep School Showcase, Nike Blue Chip, and Maverik Showtime.
Any final thoughts and people you want to thank for helping you reach this point?
I would like to thank my parents for always supporting me and taking me to events.
I would like to thank my brothers for showing me what it means to set high goals and work hard to achieve them, while teaching me to be physically and mentally tough on and off the field.
I would also like to thank Coach Chanenchuk and Coach Lynott for coaching me on Express throughout the years.
I would also like to thank all the coaches at Chaminade for giving me the opportunity to be apart of such a prestigious program.
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