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Just as National Letter of Intent Fall Signing Week came to a close on Wednesday, the number of sophomore commitments for 2016 NY Class B state finalist Yorktown doubled.
That’s because defender Chris Perrino’s commitment to Cornell’s admissions process, a decision first reported by Joe Lombardi on LaxLessons.com’s Lacrosse Insider premium coverage section.
The 6-foot-1, 180-pound Perrino, a righty who is an aggressive on-ball defender, has outstanding stick skills, a high lax IQ, clears well and also knocks down and intercept passes.
Yorktown’s other 2019 verbal came from Richmond-bound middie Keegan Doller.
What were the main factors in your decision?
Cornell has a great lacrosse program, and is a top academic school. I also loved the campus, the team unity, and that the players and coaches are driven to be the best that they can be.
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
I was also considering West Point. I had visited West Point and Michigan.
Have you decided what academic major you plan to pursue?
I am very interested in business or engineering, but I am undecided at the moment.
Another reason I chose Cornell was because it has strong programs in a wide variety of majors.
What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
I have good stick skills on both sides of the ball. I can clear well, and also knock down/intercept passes. I have a good lacrosse IQ, and play well in a team defense. I usually play an aggressive style of on-ball defense.
What area of your game do you need to work on?
I’m striving to improve all parts of my game, but my main focus is improving my speed and agility. I am trying to develop quick feet for guarding smaller, shifty attackmen. I am also trying to be more vocal on the field.
How did you get introduced to lacrosse?
My first lacrosse coach, Tim Weir, introduced me to the game and the lacrosse tradition in Yorktown. He coached me through my elementary and middle school years, soon joined by Bill Doller, who was extremely helpful in my development as a defenseman.
What other sports do you play?
I also play goalie in soccer and I play rec basketball.
What travel team do you play on what showcase events did you participate in?
I play on the Yorktown Ballers and Long Island Express North in the summer. This past summer I played in 7 tournaments between the two teams.
Any final thoughts and people you want to thank for helping you reach this point?
I am very fortunate to have been given this opportunity. I would like to thank my high school coaches: Dave Marr, Sean Carney, Rob Doerr, and Joe Calorusso; my Express coaches: Chris Schreiber, Bill Doller, and Darren Muller; and my YAC coaches: Bill Doller, Joe Borges, Tim Weir, and Tom Regan.
All of these coaches are devoted to the game and the players, and have had a big impact in my development both as a lacrosse player and as a person. I would like to thank my teammates who have made lacrosse fun.
Finally, I would like to thank my family for supporting me throughout the entire process, and helping me achieve my goals on and off the field.
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