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Paul Governale’s first love is ice hockey.
By playing the sport since a very young age, the junior at the Salisbury School (CT) developed many of the attributes, including stuck skills, that have helped him develop into a lacrosse standout.
And now, one who will be playing at the Division I level at a college, ironically, that also boasts an outstanding ice hockey program.
Governale, a defenseman/longstick midfielder who hails from the Long Island lax hotbed of Manhasset, committed to the University of Vermont, a decision was first reported by Joe Lombardi on LaxLessons.com’s Lacrosse Insider premium coverage section.
The 5-foot-10, 150-pound Governale is a highly skilled lefty who is technically sound, has good anticipation and is adept on groundballs.
What were the main factors in your decision?
There were a few reasons I felt UVM was the right fit for me.
UVM is a great academic school and it has always been my goal to attend a really good university when I graduate from Salisbury.
I am really an ice hockey player, but lacrosse has become my main sport.
UVM has it all. Being part of the UVM community means I can get a great education, play lacrosse at a very high level and enjoy rooting for the UVM ice hockey team. It just feels like home.
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
I visited Bucknell, Lafayette, UMBC and a few D-III schools. All of the coaches and schools were very nice, but I just didn’t get the feeling like I did at UVM.
(UVM Head) Coach (Chris) Feifs saw something in me that the others didn’t and I am happy about that.
Have you decided what academic major you plan to pursue?
I am leaning towards a Business Major.
What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
The three things I believe make up my style are: my stick handling, my speed and my ability to see the field well and make plays.
Ice hockey definitely helped me learn these skills.
What area of your game do you need to work on?
I need to work my middle of the field play in the offensive zone. Most of the time I quarterback from the inside. All of my coaches would like me to get a little more aggressive getting the ball to the cage.
How did you get introduced to lacrosse and what other sports have you played?
Growing up in Manhasset, everyone is exposed to lacrosse. I really had no choice here. My dad introduced my brother and I to baseball, soccer, lacrosse and ice hockey at a very young age.
Once I started playing lacrosse and hockey the other sports seemed too slow so I focused on lacrosse and hockey.
What travel team do you play on what showcase events did you participate in?
I play on the Sweetlax 2018 Team. The team is very competitive and has some of the best players in the country on the roster. We play is some of the best tournaments every fall and summer.
Any final thoughts and people you want to thank for helping you reach this point?
I want to thank my mom and dad for all of the time and effort that have provided.
I also want to thank my Salisbury Coach, Bobby Wynne and my Sweetlax Coach, Kevin Martin and his staff.
Lastly, I would thank all of my teammates at Salisbury and Sweetlax for making me a better player every time we take the field.
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