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The uptempo style of play that sparked Brown University’s run to the NCAA Final Four this past season was marked by its prolific offense.
But Brown’s defense also played a big role, especially in igniting transition opportunities.
So when deciding on his college choice, Lawrenceville (NJ) defender Ben Baranker, who has good speed to go along with ideal size, was swayed by Brown’s style of play. Last week, he verbally committed to the admissions process at Brown, a decision first reported by Joe Lombardi on LaxLessons.com’s Lacrosse Insider premium coverage section.
The 6-foot-3, 185 pound Baranker, a righty, is a polished player who is an outstanding position defender.
What were the main factors in your decision?
I chose Brown both for its academic excellence and outstanding lacrosse program. The style of play at Brown could not be a better fit for me as I’m a mobile pole who often runs the field in transition.
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
I considered Tufts, Notre Dame and Yale and visited Tufts.
Have you decided what academic major you plan to pursue?
I plan to pursue a pre-medical degree.
What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
My biggest strengths are in my speed and mobility. I’m often matched up with the quickest attackman, and I tend to play close defense like an LSM, transitioning the ball and generating offense.
What area of your game do you need to work on?
I feel every aspect of my game always needs improvement. Specifically, I’m working on improving my off-ball defensive positioning and communication.
How did you get introduced to lacrosse and what other sports have you played?
My third-grade teacher, Mrs. Ward, introduced me to the game of lacrosse. I immediately fell in love with the fast-paced action of the game. Football, basketball, and track are sports I have played recently.
What travel team do you play on what showcase events did you participate in?
My main summer travel team is the New Jersey Lacrosse Club with Coach Brian Wolchok. I have guest played for Coach Beardsley on Upstate Elite. In 2015, I played in the Adrenaline Black Card Showcase and New Jersey Under Armour All-American Team.
Any final thoughts and people you want to thank for helping you reach this point?
I couldn’t have gotten to this point without all my coaches and teammates that have helped me grow as both an individual and player.
Most importantly, I would like to thank my friends and family for everything they have done for me in my life. None of this would be possible without their love and support.
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