gpetreSomers all-section attackman Greg Petre
just gave an oral commitment to attend Army.
(File photo by Jim Stout/

• Check the second page of this post for a Q&A with Greg Petre.

It’s always been Greg Petre’s dream to attend a military academy and to play lacrosse at the Division I level.

Now, the Somers rising senior attackman will have the chance to do both.

I just got off the phone with Petre, who 10 minutes earlier had given a verbal commitment to Army coach Joe Alberici to attend West Point.

“I was leaning toward Army for a while, but in the last few days, I realized I definitely wanted to do it,” said the attackman, who also drew interest during the recruiting process from Quinnipiac, Sacred Heart and St. John’s as well as numerous Division II and Division III programs.

Petre, who was one of four team captains for the Section 1 Class B champion Tuskers this season, is the third Somers rising senior to commit to a Division I program, joining midfielder Erik Pfiffner (Colgate) and John Bello (St. John’s).

Petre, whose brother Matt, a 2005 Somers graduate served as team captain at Fairfield, told me that a big factor in his decision was the fact that Somers junior varsity coach Ted Georgalas has accepted a volunteer assistant coaching job at Army. Another Somers product, 2006 graduate Matt Marasco, is a defenseman for the Black Knights.

Petre will begin his career with the Black Knights by spending a year at U.S. Military Academy Prep.

Here is a Q&A with Petre on his selection:

When did you unofficially visit Army and what were your thoughts?
I unofficially visited Army mid-June and I loved the campus and all the facilities. Everything was pretty amazing.

What attracted you to a military career?
I have always been interested in the military. I like the challenges involved and all the hard work.

What have you learned about the commitment needed to play D-I lax from watching Matt play at Fairfield?
I learned that you really have to love lacrosse because it is your life and there are going to be a lot of tough times but it’s always worth it in the end.

What are your thoughts about working with Coach Georgalas at Army?
I am very excited to work with Coach G. It will be nice going in and working with a great coach like him especially since I have worked with him over the past two years.

How do you see yourself contributing to Army? What do you think your role will be and what do you think you can add to their offense?
I am going to work very hard on and off the field and hopefully I can contribute in any way needed.

• For more on Greg Petre, check out his recruiting profile here.

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8 Responses to “Somers' Petre commits to Army”

  1. Red Rage says:

    YEH PEACHES!!! Congrats dude. Awesome news.

  2. Joe Lombardi says:

    Just a quick note on all the recruiting updates we’ve been posting here the last few weeks and days.

    I’m sure you have noticed there have been no comments by the college head coaches on the recruits that have committed to their programs. That’s because, under NCAA rules, a college coach is not permitted to publicly comment on a recruit (including committed recruits) until receiving a signed National Letter of Intent from that recruit.

    The signing period, of course, is in November.

  3. Bello says:

    Petre i love you bro congrats good luck dude

  4. Syracuse says:

    Wow. Good for him. That’s tremendous. Kid has skills on and off the field. Good to hear.

  5. SirLaxalot says:

    Excellent choice Greg. Joe thanks for all these recruiting updates. Its real exciting reading about the commitments as they happen. Great job.

  6. laxer says:

    bro im right behind you

  7. laxzilla says:

    Congratulations big committment

  8. Joe Lombardi says:

    Here’s some related news, folks.

    West Point was just ranked the No. 1 college in the U.S. by Forbes Magazine.

    Here’s the link:

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