Chatham (NJ) student of the game Sullivan set on Furman

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James Sullivan is a student of the game. The senior attackman at Chatham High School in New Jersey uses his high lacrosse IQ to find openings on the field that translate into scoring opportunities. Soon, he hopes to take that formula success to the new level. Sullivan has verbally committed to the new Division I […]

NJ standout attackman Drake hopes to play against brother for a college crown

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Chris Drake knows exactly how he’d like his first or second collegiate lacrosse season to end. Drake is a senior attackman at Morristown High School (N.J.). It’s also important to know that Drake’s brother, Matt, is a sophomore defenseman at Widener University in Chester, Pa. Chris Drake, meanwhile, has decided on another strong Division III […]

NJ 2016 Garavente finds perfect mix of academics, athletics in Lafayette

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If you’ve been following along as the commitments have been made on our Lacrosse Insider premium coverage section, you know that Lafayette College has emerged as a force in landing underclass commitments from the nation’s No. 1 hotspot for lacrosse, the New York/New Jersey/Connecticut tristate region. Chalk up another one for the Leopards from Easton, […]

NJ 2014 dodging midfielder Halpin headed to Hartford

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Brendan Halpin is known as a quick and shifty north-south dodger. For his college destination, he’ll be heading east. The two-way senior midfielder at Cranford High School in New Jersey  committed to the University of Hartford earlier this week, as first reported by Joe Lombardi on LaxLessons.com’s Lacrosse Insider premium coverage section. The 5-foot-10, 165-pound […]

Ward Melville (NY) goaltender Moore decides on his college destination

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One of the catalysts behind Ward Melville’s consensus national championship season and New York Class A state title in 2013 was the play of Dan Nemirov. A three-year starting goaltender for the Patriots, Nemirov is now a freshman at Cornell University. So one of the main questions surrounding WM entering a brand-new season is the […]

Severn School (MD) midfielder Boldyga opts for Oberlin

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We head down to Maryland for our latest verbal commitment. It comes from Severn School midfielder Nathan Boldyga. Boldyga, a Brine All-American, has committed to Oberlin College, as first reported earlier this week by Joe Lombardi on LaxLessons.com’s Lacrosse Insider premium coverage section. The 5-foot-8, 180-pound Boldyga is a versatile player with a strong, righty […]

Player’s perspective: UNC-bound Kyle Mathie, Smithtown West (NY) eye more success in 2014

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Smithtown West has emerged as one of the powerhouse programs in the nation’s No. 1 hotbed for lacrosse, the New York/New Jersey/Connecticut tristate region. The Bulls, coming off a 16-3 season that ended with a loss to eventual New York state champion Ward Melville in the Suffolk County Class A title game, have won 15 […]

Shifty, speedy Cold Spring Harbor (NY) attackman Ian Laviano becomes UVa’s first 2017 tristate verbal

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It didn’t take long for Ian Laviano to make his mark at Long Island power Cold Spring Harbor. He became just the second eighth-grader to ever make the CHS varsity last spring. (Greg Peyser was the first in 1998.) The 2017 attackman has now decided where he”ll make his mark in college, giving a verbal commitment […]

Canandaigua (NY) midfielder Munn sets his sights on Siena

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If you had to sum up what makes Eric Munn stand out on the lacrosse field, it would have start with go-all-out style of play As a result, the speedy and athletic  midfielder makes things happen. Soon, he’ll be doing it at the Division I level. The senior at the Canandaigua Academy (N.Y.) verbally committed […]

Seton Hall Prep (NJ) 2015 midfielder McHale eager to be a part of Providence’s lacrosse future

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Joseph McHale liked what he saw at Providence College, including a new weight room and locker room. But it wasn’t just what he saw then, but the Friars’ vision for the future. “The new facilities and a new future stadium show a strong commitment to lacrosse,” he said. So it should come as nor surprise […]

Florida 2016 goaltender Simon decides on Delaware

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For the latest Class of 2016 commitment, we head down to the Sunshine State. Eric Simon, goalie at Martin County High School (Fla.) and Blue Devil Elite club team, verbally committed to Delaware last week, a commitment first reported by Joe Lombardi on LaxLessons.com’s Lacrosse Insider premium coverage section. A 6-foot-1,  170-pound goalie righty, Simon […]

Half Hollow Hills West (NY) 2016 A/M Riley Forte, already a three-year varsity veteran, is headed to Hofstra

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Considering he’s still just a sophomore in high school, you might be surprised to know that Riley Forte is already a varsity veteran. Forte, after all, has been a member of the Half Hollow Hills West (N.Y.) varsity squad since the eighth grade and started every game as a ninth-grader this past spring, registering 11 […]

Attackman Guarino’s ‘no fear of failure’ style makes him 17th 2014 commit for St. Anthony’s (NY)

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The term “reckless abandon” is not always associated with the attack position. But if you’ve ever seen Paul Guarino play, you know it fits. “I believe this game has to be played with no inhibitions,” the senior at national power St. Anthony’s (N.Y.) said. “A lot of people look at my style of play as […]

Half Hollow Hills East (NY) star DiPietro will take his size, skills to Syracuse

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At 6-foot-1, 195 pounds, Nick DiPietro has ideal size for a major Division I defenseman. He’s also hard-nosed, athletic and has a high lacrosse IQ. Add good range and strong stick skills, foot speed and field vision and it’s not surprising he’s regarded as one of the top 2016 players on Long Island. Earlier this […]

Greenwich (CT) 2016 midfielder Will Perry on his college choice: ‘Providence just felt right’

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Sometimes it comes down to location, quality of academic programs, campus size or athletic facilities. For Will Perry, the destination to commit came down to something far more simpler — and probably far more important, too. “Providence just felt right,” the sophomore midfielder at Greenwich High School (Conn.) said. Perry’s commitment to Providence College was first […]

St. Anthony’s (NY) Bucknell-bound ‘Gooch’ Senerchia is tristate’s second Class of 2017 commit

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The number of tristate verbal commitments for the Class of 2017 has doubled in the last 24 hours. The first 2017 verbal commitment was made back in September when Ara Atayan of New York state finalist Bronxville decided on North Carolina. Atayan, whose commitment was first reported by Joe Lombardi on LaxLesson.com’s Lacrosse Insider premium […]

Calgary, Alberta native Bullen, lefty goalie, on choice of Cornell: ‘It feels like home because of the cold’

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Caelahn Bullen is an impact player in lacrosse, whether he’s playing indoors or outdoors. The sophomore goalie at Trinity-Pawling (N.Y.) will be playing the field game exclusively at the next level, verbally committing to the admissions process at Cornell University. A Calgary, Alberta native, Bullen competed this past summer for the West Coast Starz, while […]

Syracuse native Chase, now playing in Florida, will be on the attack at Notre Dame

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For our latest Class of 2015 commitment, we travel beyond the tristate, and in fact, beyond the Northeast, and all the way down to Tallahassee, Fla., where MacLay School attackman Stephen Chase has made his choice after drawing interest from many of the nation’s premier programs. Chase has verbally committed to Notre Dame. A two-time […]

Dodging midfielder Taylor is Albany’s latest 2015 upstate commit

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The University at Albany continues to draw in standouts from upstate New York. The latest comes from outside Syracuse. Watertown High School junior Noah Taylor has decided on the Great Danes after drawing a substantial amount of recruiting interest. Taylor is the Great Danes’ third 2015 tristate verbal, joining Jack Burgmaster (Auburn, NY, midfield) and […]

Playmaking Harborfields (NY) 2015 attackman Connor Bennardo heading to the Midwest for college

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  Connor Bennardo finds a way to get things done offensively. For an attackman, there’s nothing more important. “I would consider myself a facilitator,” the junior at Harborfields High School (N.Y.) said. “My biggest strength is my field vision and ability to find open teammates all over the field and set them up for quality shots.” […]

Townsend, Michigan’s first-ever freshman commit, will be third sibling in his family to play D-I lacrosse

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With Fall Signing Week now one for the books and the Class of 2014’s signed National Letters of Intent now stored at their future college destinations, the classes of 2015 and ’16 are front and center in the spotlight. But the Class of 2017 is catching up. The latest verbal by a current freshman was […]

Kings Park (NY) 6-foot-4 two-way football lineman Titone will play lacrosse in college

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Speed and skills are two of the most vital skills a lacrosse player can have. But size matters. Victor Titone of Kings Park High School (N.Y.) is a perfect example. The 6-foot-4, 205-pound Titone, a senior, is an aggressive defenseman who can also be intimidating force for opposing attackmen. You can watch his highlight reel […]

Prestreau on his new home Penn State: ‘I love everything about the school’

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Brian Prestreau is relaunching the start of his collegiate career. The 2013 All-American at Yorktown High School (N.Y.), who this spring scored 67 goals (the second-highest single-season total for a midfielder in school history) has had a change of heart. Prestreau, who committed to and enrolled at Stony Brook University, has decided to transfer to […]

NLI Fall Signing Week: Latest, most up-to-date rundown of 2014 commits

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National Letter of Intent Fall Signing Week lasts from Nov. 13 to Nov. 20. NLIs must be attached to athletic scholarships, so committed players to Division I programs that do not award athletic scholarships (such as the Ivy League and military academies), as well as commited players to Division III programs, do not sign NLIs […]

3 C’s spell success for Salisbury-bound NJ goaltender Stavrakis

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For Anthony Stavrakis, the key to success as a goaltender comes down to the three C’s. That is, being consistent, calm and composed. “My greatest strength as a player is my ability to be consistent in cage,” said the 2014 standout at Hillsborough High Schoool (N.J.). “I think that I stay calm and composed in […]

Defender Rodriguez is latest Yorktown (NY) standout headed to UMBC

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The Yorktown-to-UMBC connection is in full effect. Last week, we told you that 2015 midfielder Ryan Baker from Yorktown High School (N.Y.) had verbally committed to UMBC. Yesterday, came word, via LaxLessons.com’s Lacrosse Insider premium coverage section, that one of the top defenders in the Hudson Valley, YHS senior longstick midfielder Tomas Rodriguez, became the […]

Fordham Prep (NY) 2014 standout Werner, third brother in his family to play goaltender, is bound for Bryant

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James Werner is the youngest of four boys. All three of his brothers played lacrosse at the school Werner now attends, Fordham Prep (N.Y.). Two of them, Billy (Class of 2003) and Robert (’09), played goaltender, the position James plays. The oldest brother, John (’01), played defense. “I wanted to follow in their footsteps and […]

Cornell-bound 2016 standout Maloney will be fourth family member to play in college

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You’d be hard-pressed to find more of a true lacrosse family right now than the Maloneys in Victor, N.Y. Father John started it all. He played at East Syracuse Minoa High School and the SUNY Geneseo. Oldest son John Jr., a sophomore midfielder at the University at Albany, was named to the America East all-rookie […]

Here’s how you can send us your National Letter of Intent Fall Signing Week photos

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National Letter of Intent Fall Signing Week is Nov. 13-20. NLIs must be attached to athletic scholarships, so committed players to Division I programs that do not award athletic scholarships (such as the Ivy League and military academies), as well as commited players to Division III programs, do not sign NLIs to make their verbal […]

Bridgewater-Raritan (NJ) 2015 standout Lenskold continues his family’s D-I lacrosse tradition

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Richie Lenskold faced some tough competition long before joining the varsity team at New Jersey power Bridgewater-Raritan High School. Lenskold, after all, is the second of four boys in his family – ages 20, 17, 14 and 11. Oldest brother Brian is a junior at Rutgers. “We all love lacrosse and are all faceoff midfielders,” […]

St. Anthony’s HS (NY) goaltender Modugno’s path to his position came almost by chance

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For Baylee Modugno, it all started in fifth grade. That’s when one of his best friends, Jason Debenedictis, made a request. Debenedictis, now a senior attackman at Sachem East High School (N.Y.), has committed to St. John’s University. “One day, he was shooting in his backyard and shouted out to me ‘Throw on this equipment […]

NJ 2015 star midfielder Haubenstock changes college destination to closer to home at Colgate

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Josh Haubenstock was all set to head west. The standout at Ramapo High School in New Jersey verbally committed to the University of Denver late last year. But the 2015 midfielder has had a change of heart. Haubenstock has decided to play closer to home, and given a verbal to Colgate University after decommitting from […]

Fairfield Warde HS (CT) Adams twins will be going their separate ways in college

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Twins Mike, left, and Greg Adams, at right, will be going their separate ways in college. It all started back in the third grade. That’s when neighbors of Mike and Greg Adams suggested the twin brothers take up lacrosse. The next step was signing up for the youth program at the Wakeman Boys & Girls Club […]

Defenseman La Francesca gives Sachem North (NY) eight 2014 commits

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Sachem North has seen its number of senior college committed players reach eight. The Flaming Arrows’ latest 2014 verbal was made by defender Paul La Francesca, who has committed to the admissions process at SUNY Maritime, a decision first reported when it was made on Nov. 1 by Joe Lombardi on LaxLessons.com’s Lacrosse Insider premium […]

Two-time NY state champ Jericho soccer standout Tyler Amodio’s college future is in lacrosse

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Tyler Amodio is focused on soccer right now, and for good reason. The senior is a defenseman on the two-time defending New York state champion Jericho High School boys team that plays South Side on Wednesday, Nov. 6 in the Nassau County championship game at Adelphi University. His college future, however, is in lacrosse. The […]

NJ 2014 midfielder Wasik, cousin of former MLL/NLL standout, makes college choice

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Mike Wasik didn’t have to look far to find a lacrosse role model. “My cousin Andrew Wasik introduced me to lacrosse when I was in second grade,” said the senior at Caldwell High School (N.J.).Andrew Wasik played Division -II lacrosse at Pace University and played in both the MLL and the NLL. “He was a […]

Garden City HS (NY) senior Conor Byrnes will join twin brother as D-I lacrosse player

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Conor Byrnes of two-time New York Class B state champion Garden City was familiar with the Division I recruiting process well before he committed to attend VMI on Oct. 22. That’s because his twin brother, Kieran, committed to Villanova back in July, 2012. Kieran, an attackman, is a feeder/finisher with outstanding field vision and a […]

Aggressive, athletic 2015 NJ Midfielder Gerhard is bound for Bucknell

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Peter Gerhard is a Double A player. The Ranney High School (N.J.) junior has a combination of aggressiveness and athleticism that makes him perfect to play midfield. “My strengths as a player revolve around my ability to play both offense and defense as a midfielder,” he said. It’s proven effective both at the varsity level, […]

2016 standout Hershman becomes latest D-I bound FOGO for Hen Hud (NY)

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Hendrick Hudson High School, in the heart of New York’s Hudson Valley, is no stranger when comes to producing Division I faceoff specialists. Matt Ledwin, a 2013 Hen Hud grad who excels in the faceoff X, is now a freshman at Johns Hopkins. Now, a sophomore for the Sailors, is also Division I-bound. He’s Jared […]

Summit (NJ) standout Zachara’s college decision is academic

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Summit (N.J.), which has emerged as a national power the last decade, picked up its ninth Class of 2014 commitment last week. It was made by 2014 longstick midfielder Nick Zachara, who decided on St. Lawrence, a decision first reported by Joe Lombardi on LaxLessons.com’s Lacrosse Insider premium coverage section. The 6-foot, 170-pound Zachara is […]

Versatile upstate NY attackman Moseman makes Limestone his college choice

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Coltin Moseman bring a variety of attributes to the attack position. The senior at Ballston Spa High School (N.Y.) has an outstanding overall knowledge of the game and excellent field vision as well as the ability to create on offense whether off the ball. shooting or passing. Moseman has found what he thinks is the […]

St. Anthony’s (NY) 2015 A/M O’Reilly will take his size, shot to Sacred Heart

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Sacred Heart University continues to rack in tristate verbal commitments under new coach Jon Basti. The latest comes from a high school program that continually racks up verbal commitments of its own. We’re talking about St. Anthony’s High School in South Huntington, N.Y., where 2015 attackman/midfielder Connor O’Reilly has decided on Sacred Heart, as first […]

NJ 2014 A/M McCarthy hopes his college lacrosse destination will help him achieve his goal of being a firefighter

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Joseph “Danny” McCarthy has his mom, Laura McCarthy, to thank for getting started in lacrosse. “I was introduced to the lacrosse at the age of 6 when my mom, Laura McCarthy, started the Caldwell/West Caldwell (N.J.) lacrosse club,” McCarthy said. Now a senior at Caldwell High School, the attackman/midfielder is on the brink of continuing […]

Unorthodox but effective NJ 2015 converted attackman Sefcik now making mark in goal

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  The recruiting spotlight continues to shine on the Morristown-Beard School in New Jersey. Earlier this week, we heard from Joseph Rago, an attackman who has committed to Marist. Now, we stay in the Class of 2015 with the focus on Crimson 2015 goaltender Matt Sefcik. Sefcik has given a verbal to Wagner, a commitment […]

Sleepy Hollow (NY) standout Parens changes course to Connecticut College

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Ben Parens has had a change of heart. The Sleepy Hollow High School (N.Y.) 2014 standout verbally committed earlier this week to Connecticut College after decommitting from Clark University. Parens, one of the top midfielders in Section 1, is the latest recruiting coup for the Camels, who recently reeled in Friends Academy midfielder Brandon Yaraghi. […]

Villanova-bound 2016 midfielder Nugent marks a first for St. Anthony’s (NY)

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He’s the first of what will undoubtedly be many. Jared Nugent informed Joe Lombardi yesterday that that he has verballed to Villanova. The midfielder becomes the first St. Anthony’s (N.Y.) Class of 2015 college commit. Nugent’s verbal was first reported on LaxLessons.com’s Lacrosse Insider premium coverage section, The 5-foot-8, 152-pound Nugent, a hard-nosed righty who excels […]

Marist continues its tristate recruiting success with big commit from NJ 2015 Rago

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We’ve been documenting on our Lacrosse Insider premium coverage section the success that Marist College has been having in landing commitments from Long Island standouts as they have occurred. Marist has spread its wings recruiting wise. The Red Foxes’ latest verbal comes from New Jersey. Marist’s fifth 2015 tristate commitment was made by Thomas Rago, […]

NJ 2014 FOGO Ornstein excels beyond the faceoff X

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Face off, get off. FOGO. That description and that acronym say so much, and yet, so little. After all, there are many so-called “FOGOs” whose skills go well beyond the faceoff circle. Case in point, Zack Ornstein. “I am not just a FOGO,” the Howell High School (N.J.) midfielder said. After all, it was Ornstein […]

Darien (CT) 2015 two-way middie Burgoyne will take his size, skills, athleticism to Navy

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You would have a tough time arguing whether Ian Burgoyne is more valuable to the Darien High School (Conn.) boys lacrosse team on either offense or defense. That’s because Burgoyne is the protoypical two-way midfielder. “I enjoy playing defensive midfield just as much offense,” he said. It’s that kind of versatility — coupled with the […]

Defender Gelinas becomes first 2016 tristate commit for both Bucknell and Bronxville HS (NY)

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Photo by Jane Haslam/MaxPreps.com It’s been a busy recruiting stretch for Bronxville. As first reported on LaxLessons.com’s Lacrosse Insider premium coverage section on Sept. 29, BHSClass of 2017 standout Ara Atayan gave the earliest verbal commitment in Division I lacrosse history when he committed to North Carolina. Now, Bronxville sophomore defenseman Jack Gelinas has given […]

Hartford-bound goalie Donnelly gives Yorktown HS (NY) its first Class of 2016 commit

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The Yorktown (N.Y.) Huskers have broken into the Class of 2016 with their first sophomore college commitment. It’s come from goaltender Liam Donnelly, who has verballed to the University of Hartford, a commitment that was first reported by Joe Lombardi on Saturday on LaxLessons.com’s Lacrosse Insider premium coverage section. The 5-foot-8, 140-pound Donnelly, a lefty, […]

Pleasantville (NY) playmaking attackman Halloran headed to Skidmore

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Brendan Halloran has helped Pleasantville High School (N.Y.) reach new heights in lacrosse. The senior attackman led the Panthers to their first-ever appearance in the sectional finals, where they fell to eventual New York state finalist Bronxville. Next year, Halloran hopes to have a similar impact at the collegiate level. He decided where that destination […]

Summit (NJ) 2015 three-sport standout Zanelli picks Providence for lacrosse

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Playing three sports has helped Chris Zanelli become an appealing college recruit in lacrosse. The junior midfielder at New Jersey power Summit has a combination of strength and speed developed through playing football and skills and unselfishness acquired by playing hockey. Zanelli’s college destination is Providence College, a commitment first reported by Joe Lombardi when […]

Furman-bound Widhelm follows lead of his grandfather, an All-American at Hopkins

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The role lacrosse has played in Parker Widhelm’s family spans generations. Widhelm’s grandather, Gus Widhelm, a product of the Gilman School in Baltimore, was an All-America defender at Johns Hopkins in 1959. “I have grown up with him talking about his time playing,” Widhelm. One day, Parker, who also plays defense, may have a similar […]

2016 attackman Haun becomes Sachem North’s fourth Stony Brook-bound commit

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After learning that yet another one of his players has decided on Stony Brook University, Sachem North coach Jay Mauro took a moment to reflect. “It’s kind of crazy how it’s working out,” Mauro said. Indeed, four current Flaming Arrows have now verballed to the Seawolves. And three former Sachem North players are current on […]

Blair Academy (NJ) attackman Marcus makes Franklin & Marshall his choice

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If you’ve been following the reports from our LaxLessons.com Lacrosse Insider newsroom, you know it’s been a busy stretch for commitments from New Jersey. We now bring you another. It comes from Blair Academy 2014 attackman Griffin Marcus, who has decided on Division III power Franklin & Marshall, a commitment first reported when it was […]

NJ 2016 midfielder Waters decides on Delaware

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Matt Waters is a midfielder who makes things happen. “I am strong between the lines as well and am able to push the tempo and creates scoring situations,” said the sophomore at  Rumson-Fair Haven (N.J.). Those skills translate to success at the next level, which will be at the University of Delaware. Waters’ commitment was […]

Rocky Point (NY) Reh twins will be staying together at Albany

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There are many similarities between Justin and Troy Reh. It’s what you’d expect with twin bothers. Justin has a 95 grade average. Troy’s is 93.8. Both will be playing college lacrosse lacrosse at the University at Albany. But on the lacrosse field, you’ll find one big difference between the Rocky Point High School seniors. Justin […]

Springfield-bound Cunnington gives Yorktown (NY) eight Class of 2014 commits

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Chris Cunnington first became drawn to lacrosse thanks to his passion for hockey. “I have always been a huge hockey fan and played all my life, so I decided to try the next best sport with a stick, lacrosse,” he said. “After a few camps at a very young age, I decided to quit baseball […]

Sachem North (NY) 2016 Jacob Giacalone, who first played goalie two years ago, is now headed to Johns Hopkins

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Considering how far he’s come in such a short amount of time, it’s no wonder Sachem North High School (N.Y.) coach Jason Mauro says “the sky’s the limit” for Jacob Giacalone. After all, just two years after first playing the goaltending position, the sophomore has verballed to Johns Hopkins, a commitment first reported by Joe […]

Pleasantville (NY) standout Reda will continue family’s lacrosse tradition at Union

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To say Owen Reda has been immersed in lacrosse almost since birth would not be an overstatement. “I was introduced to lacrosse when I was really little by my dad (Richard Reda) who played at Virginia in the ’80s,” said Reda, a senior midfielder at Pleasantville High School (N.Y.). “My sister (Meghan) plays at Fairfield […]

Class of 2013 commitment rundown by high school/prep school

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The following are boys collegiate commitments from the nation’s No. 1 hotbed for lacrosse, the New York/New Jersey/Connecticut tristate area, for the high school graduating class of 2013. If you have a commitment to report, or any additions to make to this rundown, email us at joe@laxlessons.com or info@laxlessons.com or contact us on Twitter @Joe_Lombardi […]

Athletic Lawrenceville (NJ) goaltender Griffin Thompson verbals to Virginia lacrosse

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If you hear a description of Griffin Thompson’s skills as a lacrosse player, you might think he’s a midfielder. After all, the sophomore at the Lawrenceville School (N.J.) has tremendous athletic ability and strong hands, which allow him to explode toward the ball. But Thompson is not a midfielder. He’s a goalie. A goalie who […]

Midfielder Smith is second 2014 Sachem North (NY) standout headed to NYIT

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Justin Smith brings more to the Sachem North High School (N.Y.) boys lacrosse program beyond his abilities as a player. The senior midfielder and three-year varsity player has also taken on the role of mentor. “He has a done a great job working with the younger players in the program,” Sachem North coach Jason Mauro […]

SUNY Cortland gets another tristate 2014 commit in Castellano

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The Class of 2014 continues to grow for St. Anthony’s (N.Y.) when it comes to commitments. The count is now 11 with the latest verbal coming from midfielder Luke Castellano, who decided on SUNY Cortland, a decision first announced when it was made by Joe Lombardi on LaxLessons.com’s Lacrosse Insider special coverage section. Though small […]

Yorktown (NY) three-year varsity standout Graham makes his college choice

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Austin Graham took center stage for one of the nation’s most successful and tradition-rich programs as a sophomore. It happened in a battle of New York powers as Yorktown visited Smithtown West. Starting goaltender Zach Reilly left the game in the first half with a broken collarbone injury, and was sidelined for most of the […]

Brewster HS (NY) attackman Erickson will follow brother’s path to college lacrosse

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Liam Erickson is a can-do attackman. “I consider myself a good feeder, finisher and dodger,” the Brewster High School (N.Y.) senior said. “I also pride myself in my abilities to ride on clears and move off ball. Overall, I believe I am a hard player with a high IQ for the game.” Erickson will soon […]

2015 lefty attackman Hulme gives Quinnipiac seven tristate commits

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Quinnipiac University has emerged as one of the leading colleges when it comes to landing tristate verbal commitments. The Bobcats hit the No. 7 mark earlier this week with their latest verbal, which marks their first for the Class of 2015. (For college-by-college commitments rundown links for the classes of 2014, ’15 and ’16, scroll […]

Versatile 2015 standout Lynch of NY state finalist Bronxville bound for Fairfield

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Liam Lynch excels in the faceoff X. But don’t call the rising junior at New York Class C state finalist Bronxville a FOGO. Lynch, after all, is a skilled midfielder with outstanding stick skills who is also a crafty dodger and finisher. “I pride myself on doing all the little things to help make my […]

NJ two-way midfielder McKenna headed to Holy Cross

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Another Class of 2015 standout from the Garden State has decided on Holy Cross. Oratory Prep two-way midfielder Jack McKenna is the latest New Jersey rising junior headed to Worcester, Mass. McKenna verballed to the Crusaders last week as first reported by Joe Lombardi on LaxLessons.com’s Lacrosse Insider special coverage section. The 6-foot-1, 170-pound lefty, […]

Pingry School (NJ) standout Rogers makes Middlebury his choice

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With the huge increase in the number of players participating in lacrosse, finding an opportunity to attend a school that is as strong academically as it is athletically is more challenging than ever. One of the top 2014 defenders in New Jersey has been able to find a college that meets that description. Eric Rogers […]

Class of 2016 Massapequa (NY) midfielder Kimmel becomes third Chief to commit to Towson

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Towson University has established quite a pipeline to Nassau County (N.Y.) Class A champion Massapequa. The Tigers now have secured commitments from three current Chiefs. The latest also marks the Tigers’ second Class of 2016 tristate verbal. It comes from midfielder Casey Kimmel, a commitment first reported when it was made on Aug. 10 by […]

John Jay (NY) standout Giordano on selecting Stevens Tech: ‘Hoboken is an awesome little place’

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We’ve been reporting on several commitments to the Stevens Institute of Technology the last few days here and on our “Lacrosse Insider” section. There’s a perk that comes with attending Stevens Tech that we have not yet explored until now. Namely, its location. “Hoboken is an awesome little place,” said Bob Giordano of John Jay […]

Cold Spring Harbor (NY) 2015 standout Burke will continue family’s D-I tradition

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Colin Burke first made a splash on the recruiting scene in 2012 when he was named Nassau co-MVP of the Long Island Showcase Nassau vs. Suffolk rising sophomore game. Now, Burke, a Class of 2015 standout from Cold Spring Harbor, knows the college where he will be headed. The attackman/midfielder has verballed to Fairfield University, […]

Delbarton (NJ) 2015 star Shaffer continues family’s Duke tradition

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Duke has become a family affair for the Shaffers. John Shaffer is a sophomore midfielder for the Blue Devils’ men’s team. Hayler Shaffer will be a freshman on the Blue Devils’ women’s team. And Reed Shaffer, a Class of 2015 midfielder for national power Delbarton (N.J.), is up next. Shaffer committed to Duke earlier this […]

Chaminade junior Fowler continues family’s Duke tradition

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The Fowler/Duke connection is in full force. Duke faceoff star Brendan Fowler and incoming Duke freshman goaltender Danny Fowler will have another Blue Devil brother. Rising junior longstick midfielder Jack Fowler has verballed to Duke, as first reported last week at Twitter.com/Joe_Lombardi. Jack Fowler is a technically sound defender who plays well off the ball. […]

Cortland-bound Bonitatibus gives Yorktown six Class of ’14 commits

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When Nicky Bonitatibus held the Charlie Murphy Cup (above) after Yorktown’s 14-2 win over Lakeland/Panas on May 4, it was a ritual not only familiar for the Husker program but the Bonitatibus family. Three older brothers — midfielder Rocky, goaltender Michael and defenseman/longstick midfielder Joey — all played for Yorktown. Today, Nicky became the latest […]

Massapequa’s Griff Konen latest LI lacrosse standout bound for Binghamton

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Binghamton University made a big splash on Long Island this week. As first reported at Twitter.com/Joe_Lombardi, the Bearcats picked up a pair of commitments from rising junior standouts from Long Island – Sachem East midfielder Joe Licata and Massapequa attackman Griffin Konen. Both players performed well last week at the Maverik Showtime Lacrosse National Recruiting […]

Big news today: Class of 2015 stars Bucaro, Sessa decide

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Two of the leading players in the Class of 2015 have made their college choices. Our own @Joe_Lombardi broke the news on both commitments on LaxLessons.com’s “Lacrosse Insider.” Attackman Daniel Bucaro of New York Class A state champion Ward Melville decided on Georgetown. who is Bucaro is coming off a breakout sophomore season for the […]

Sachem East (NY) speedster Joe Licata bound for Binghamton

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There’s little question what Joe Licata’s strengths are on the lacrosse field. The rising junior midfielder at Sachem East High School (N.Y.) has the coveted combination of speed and skills. Those ingredients helped him earn a spot in the Class of 2015 all-star game at last week’s Maverik Showtime Lacrosse National Recruiting Spotlight at Western […]

Rye Country Day’s Miller makes Cornell his choice

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Tyler Miller is coming off a big bounce-back season. After leading Rye Country Day in school as a freshman, Miller was sidelined his sophomore season after undergoing knee surgery in January. This past season, Miller emerged as one of the leading players in the Hudson Valley, leading to a variety of Division I opportunities. The […]

T of C champion Ridge leading scorer Palladino headed to Harvard

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It was quite a season for the Ridge Red Devils, who edged Don Bosco Prep 8-7 to win the New Jersey Tournament of Champions for the first time. There were many key contributors to Ridge’s historic season, including JT Palladino. The rising senior lefty attackman was the Red Devils’ leading scorer. While defending the T […]

Brunswick (CT) rising sophomore Reilly Walsh looks ahead to Duke lacrosse

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Bronxville’s run to its first-ever New York state title-game appearance this past spring featured the talents of an outstanding senior nucleus. But there were also some impact players who were underclassmen. Freshman attackman/midfielder Reilly Walsh had three goals and two assists as the Broncos downed defending Class C state champion 14-13 in overtime in the […]

MVP Camp all-star rosters for classes ’14, ’15 and ’16

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The following are all-star rosters for the MVP Camp 2 held June 28-30 at the University of Delaware. * 2014 all-stars * 2015 all-stars * 2016 all-stars For a rundown of July summer travel events, click here. Have a recruiting commitment to report? Email us at info@laxlessons.com. LAXLESSONS Links New iPhone/iPad and Android apps * […]

AJ Ferraro, one of Florida’s top defenders, decides on Navy

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If you’ve been with us the last few days on Twitter.com/Joe_Lombardi, you know that the That goes for beyond the borders of the nation’s No. 1 hotbed for lacrosse, the New York/New Jersey/Connecticut tristate region. Last week, we told you about an attackman from Las Vegas, Grant Gravitt, who verballed to the University of Denver. […]

Cornell-bound Reilly is Ward Melville’s first Class of 2015 commit

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It’s been three weeks since the 2013 high school season ended, but national champion Ward Melville just picked up a first. The Patriots got their first verbal commitment from a player in the Class of 2015 earlier tonight when rising junior defenseman Tom Reilly committed to the admissions process at Cornell University, as first reported […]

Hopkins-bound Stagnitta will follow his parents’ path to D-I lax

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He’s a three-sport athlete at Montgomery High School in New Jersey, but for Matt Stagnitta, lacrosse has always held a special place. Stagnitta is the son of former Washington & Lee and Rutgers coach Jim Stagnitta, who is now the head coach of the Denver Outlaws of Major League Lacrosse. His mother, Laurie, is a […]

Kellenberg’s Quinn is a perfect fit for Marist’s fast-paced style

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Comfort level with the campus and the program are often the key factors in a lacrosse recruit’s decision to verbally commit. That was certainly the case with Kyle Quinn. But there was another factor that was equally important for the rising senior at Kellenberg High School (N.Y.), who has decided on Marist College, as first […]

St. Anthony’s rising senior Nadjari headed to West Point

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If there’s an early tristate leader for most verbal commitments since the 2013 varsity season ended on June 8, St. Anthony’s would have to be the No. 1. The New York CHSAA power has seen four members of its program give verbals in less than two weeks. The latest came today as rising junior attackman […]

Half Hollow Hills West’s Ryan Ozsvath will stay close to home at Stony Brook lacrosse

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Family ties and location. Those were the two keys in Ryan Ozsvath’s college choice. The rising junior attackman at Half Hollow Hills West has verbally committed to Stony Brook University, where both his father and uncle graduated. The 6-foot, 160-pound Ozsvath, who has outstanding field vision, is an excellent feeder and off-ball player who moves […]

Two-way middie Egan will go from Albany Academy to UAlbany

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Two-way midfielders are always in high demand among collegiate recruiters. So it should come as no surprise that Josh Egan was pursued by several Division I programs. The junior at the Albany Academy (N.Y.) decided to stay close to home by verbally committing to the University at Albany, as first reported at Twitter.com/joe_lombardi. Egan, an […]

Seton Hall Prep junior defender Sanczyk set on Air Force

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One of the major upsets of the season in tristate varsity lacrosse was sprung by Seton Hall Prep. It happened May 25 as the Pirates stunned previously unbeaten Delbarton 10-8 in the New Jersey Non-Public A state semfinals. Delbarton entered the game ranked No. 1 nationally. “Our coach, Dave Giarusso, told us going into it […]

New Jersey sophomore standout Bowe bound for UNC

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The sophomore commitments continue to come in. The latest was made by attack Gianna Bowe of Clearview High School in New Jersey. Bowe has verballed to the University of North Carolina — a commitment first reported at Twitter.com/joe_lombardi. Now, here’s a Q&A with with Gianna on her commitment. What were the main factors in your […]

Hubler, second tristate freshman commit, will be headed to Hopkins

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We have our second tristate freshman verbal commitment. It comes from attackman Matt Hubler of Rumson (NJ), who’s decided on Johns Hopkins. Hubler plays for Avon Old Farms (Conn.) and has been on Team United’s travel team since the seventh grade. Hubler’s brother, Chris, a junior midfielder at Rumson Fair Haven High School (NJ), verballed […]

Greeley junior midfielder Frieder finds perfect balance in Brown

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Ethan Frieder’s college decision went beyond finding the right place to continue his lacrosse career. The junior at Horace Greeley High School (N.Y.) was looking for the college that best combined academics with athletics. Frieder found it in Brown University, a commitment first reported at Twitter.com/joe_lombardi. A 5-foot-10, 180-pound two-way midfielder, Frieder is an excellent […]

Avon Old Farms (CT) goalie Hahn headed to Union lacrosse

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Avon Old Farms (Conn.) takes a 6-0 record and the No. 6 ranking in the latest national Under Armour/Inside Lacrosse High School Power Rankings into its game today against Bridgton Academy. Five Winged Beaver seniors will be continuing their careers at the collegiate level, with the latest deciding on a destination being Taylor Hahn. Hahn, […]

Sophomore attackman Sutherland of unbeaten Northport (NY) makes Maryland his college choice

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Northport has a big week coming up. The unbeaten Tigers play defending New York Class A state champion West Islip on Monday, April 15, before ending the week Saturday at Smithtown West, which is also unbeaten. If Northport is to continue to contend for the top spot in ultra competitive Suffolk County Class A, Rocco […]

Albany lands commitment from ‘groundball machine’ Eddinger

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The University at Albany is on a roll. The Great Danes beat John Hopkins for just the second time in program history (in 12 tries), winning 10-9 at Homewood Field on Friday. There’s also some good news for head coach Scott Marr’s program on the recruiting front. Albany has received a verbal commitment from junior […]

NJ two-way sophomore midfielder Smith verbals to Virginia

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Possession is the name of the game in lacrosse. And the perfect way to describe David Smith’s game. Faceoffs and groundballs are the specialty of the sophomore from Shawnee High School in New Jersey. He’ll be taking those skills to the major Division I level after verballing committing this past week to the University of […]

Syracuse-area sophomore Keahey finds perfect fit in Fairfield

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Kendall Keahey’s road to Division I lacrosse came through a suggestion. It came from Ric Beardsley, the former Lakeland (NY) High School standout and four-time Syracuse University All-America defenseman. Beardsley, a co-worker of Keahey’s father, Keefe, at PAETEC Business Communications in Syracuse at the time, suggested Kendall give lacrosse a try. Keefe Keahey was an […]