Mike Benincasa’s athletic ability is evident as soon as he steps foot on the lacrosse field.
The recent Rye High School (N.Y.) graduate was a four-year varsity standout as a center on the Garnets’ hockey team.
Benincasa will be playing both sports this coming school year at the Westminster School (Conn.).
After that, Benincasa will be focusing strictly on lacrosse for the first time, and will be playing it at the University of Delaware, as first reported last week at Twitter.com/Joe_Lombardi.
An excellent one-on-one play, Benincasa is especially strong on coming away with groundballs.
What were the main factors in your decision?
I chose the University of Delaware because of the combination of great athletics and education. The facilities were amazing, and the culture of the lacrosse program was exactly what I wanted.
Most importantly, the coaching staff is great and I really look forward to training with and playing for them.
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
I visited Middlebury and was also considering Boston University and St. Joseph’s University.
What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
My athletic ability that allows me to make plays all over the field. I’m very solid at one-on-one defending and on groundballs, and even better at playing in between the lines.
What area of your game do you need to work on?
I need to continue to get stronger and work on throwing better checks.
How did you get introduced to lacrosse and what other sports have you played?
I was introduced to lacrosse the summer going eighth grade playing for my varsity coaches Brian and Scott Dooley. I’ve also played hockey my entire life, and I will continue my hockey career at the Westminster School next year.
What travel team do you play on what showcase events did you participate in?
I play on the Long Island Sting, and this summer the showcases I attended were Baltimore Kickoff, MVP camp, Best of the Best invitational and Legacy invitational. I am also playing in the Under Armour Showcase and Battle of the Hotbeds in the upcoming weeks.
Any final thoughts?
I’m extremely blessed for this opportunity the University of Delaware coaching staff has given me. I would like to thank my family first and foremost, Long Island Sting coach Ken Miller for making this all happen for me, my Rye High varsity coaches Brian and Scott Dooley for making me the lacrosse player that I am today, the Westminster lacrosse coach Peter Newman, my Empire (State Cup) coaches Brian Dalton and Lew Janavey, and everyone else who has supported me and my lacrosse career over the years.
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