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Stony Brook has successfully recruited numerous standouts from within its homebase of Suffolk County since former Ward Melville standout Jim Nagle’s arrival as head coach in 2012.
We told you last month that the Seawolves landed longtime Sachem North coach Jay Mauro as a volunteer assistant coach.
So look for the Brook to kick it up a notch when it comes to corralling Section 11 standouts.
We bring you the latest such case.
Jack Walsh, a standout Class of 2017 attackman at Section 11 power Miller Place, has verballed to the Seawolves, a decision first reported by Joe Lombardi on LaxLessons.com’s Lacrosse Insider premium coverage section.
The 5-foot-10, 165-pound Walsh is a versatile righty feeder/finisher with a strong and accurate shot to go along with good foot speed.
Walsh led Miller Place sophomores in scoring last spring with 15 goals and 13 assists for 28 points.
What were the main factors in your decision?
I was looking for a good balance between school and lacrosse. Stony Brook has a great academic reputation with an outstanding lacrosse program. Coach Nagle and his staff really impressed me and made me feel very welcome. The added bonus is that Stony Brook is 20 minutes from my home.
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
Monmouth, Oneonta , Rutgers and Marist. They were all great schools with excellent lacrosse programs.
Have you decided what academic major you plan to pursue?
I am looking to be a History teacher.
What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
I believe my strength is passing and seeing the field. I like to push the ball and am excited that Stony Brook plays that style.
What area of your game do you need to work on?
I need to get faster and stronger so that I will be ready for the next level. Playing attack I need to continue working on the art of getting space so that I can make the right pass or get a good shot off.
How did you get introduced to lacrosse and what other sports have you played?
My father first exposed me to the game along with my older brother Liam.
I started with all my friends in the Miller Place Youth League and Coach Rob Nielsen. I also play basketball.
What travel team do you play on what showcase events did you participate in?
I play for LI Empire. Last summer I played at Hot Beds, National High School Showcase, Long Island Laxfest and Super Soph showcase
Any final thoughts and people you want to thank for helping you reach this point?
I would like to thank my youth coach’s Marc Bloom and Gerry Gersbeck. I also would like to thank my high school coach’s Keith Lizzi and Greg Skillman. I have been lucky to have coach’s that really pushed me but always cared. I feel very fortunate to be going to Stony Brook
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