The goal that playing Division I lacrosse could very well be a reality moved front and center into Nick Mariano’s mind when the Yorktown attackman earned a spot on the school’s varsity squad as a freshman.

Now, just over two years later, it’s become a reality.

Mariano has verbally committed to accept a scholarship offer from UMass.

Mariano, currently in the midst of football season as Yorktown’s starting quarterback, becomes the Huskers’ fifth college commit and second junior, joining Johns Hopkins-bound defenseman Trevor Koelsch.

Now, here’s a Q&A with Nick on his commitment:

What were the main factors in your decision to attend UMass?
It felt like I was a part of the team when I left the campus and the coaches treated me like one of the players.

What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
I considered Hofstra, Delaware, Albany, Army and Syracuse and I also visited all these schools.

What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
I’m an off-ball guy that likes to find openings to shoot. My style of play is very unselfish. I always try to find the open guy and a scorer.

What adjustments do you think you will need to make to play at the next level?
I need to make adjustments in my dodging.

When did you first realize you had the potential to play at the college level and how long has it been a goal of yours?
My whole life, I’ve always wanted to play college lacrosse and I first realized it when I made varsity as a freshman.

* For more info on Nick, check out his player profile by clicking here.

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5 Responses to “Yorktown junior standout Mariano selects UMass”

  1. LAXXER says:

    Congrats Young man you have work real hard to get where your @ today.Gregg Cannella and UMASS are getting an old schoolYorktown type lax player.You remind me of all those players in MR.MURPH back yard be a good one.

  2. sec1 says:

    Great choice Nick, Excellent Education and Lax. It’s shows what hard work and Love of the game can get you, keep it up the great work. Another one in the long line of outstanding players at Yorktown. Congrats Nick Let’s go Town!!!

  3. Congrats says:

    Nice choice….good school, program, and an easy drive for your dad to come watch you play.

    Good luck!

  4. laxmom says:

    Best to you Nicholas. You have worked hard and deserve the best. Coach Canella is getting a good one.

  5. rlaxfamily says:

    Congratulations, Nick! We wish you all the best at UMass. Now lets get to work here in Yorktown and bring one home before you go.

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