It was quite a week for the Somers High School (N.Y.) boys lacrosse program.
The Tuskers saw two rising seniors commit to Division I programs in a 24-hour, midweek stretch.
Attackman Tim Cousin will join his brother Kevin at Siena College.
And, in another brother combo, Justin Corpolongo is the latest member of his family bound for D-I.
Carpolongo’s brother, Alex, will be an incoming freshman at Stony Brook University.
Justin Corpolongo verbally committed to St. John’s University, as first reported at Twitter.com/Joe_Lombardi.
“I visited St. John’s a couple of months ago as well as some other schools,” Corpolongo said. “Although I was very impressed with everything during the visit, I wanted to finish out the summer season before I made a decision. Once I finished my last showcase, I knew that St. John’s was the place for me.”
Like his brother, the 5-foot-11, 165-pound Corpolongo is a physical and athletic midfielder who excels in the faceoff X. He also is an aggressive player who is effective at coming away with groundballs.
Now, here’s a Q&A with Justin on his commitment.
What were the main factors in your decision?
There are many factors that contributed to me choosing St. John’s. Academically, it offers what I want to study. I really enjoyed the campus and how close it is to the city.
On top of that, (St. John’s Head) Coach (Jason) Miller is building a winning program in one of the most competitive conferences in the NCAA. Finally, they offered me a great financial package that made everything come together.
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
My top other colleges were Cortland and Springfield, as well as Albany and Rutgers. In addition to visiting those schools, I also visited Western New England, Dowling and Oneonta.
What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
Faceoffs and groundballs. I would describe my style of play as quick and aggressive.
What area of your game do you need to work on?
I look to improve every aspect of my game in order to be competitive at the Division I level.
How did you get introduced to lacrosse and what other sports have you played?
I started playing lacrosse in third grade, a year after my brother had started. I also enjoyed participating in wrestling and football.
What travel team do you play on what showcase events did you participate in?
I play for WestRock, under my coach, Lew Janavey. The biggest showcases I participated in were the Moonlight Showcase, the Mid-Summer Classic, the Bulldog Bash and the Capital Challenge.
Any final thoughts?
I really want to thank my coaches Lew Janavey and Brian Dalton who played the biggest role in my recruiting process. Also I’d like to thank Ernie Lupinacci, Barry Bocklet, Tim Schurr and the rest of the Moonlight crew as well as previous coaches like Rob Anderson and Vin D’Andraia.
Finally, my biggest supporters and inspiration through the whole process were my family and most importantly my brother Alex who always pushed me to be the best I can be.
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Posted In: Hudson Valley, Recruiting Rundown, Section 1
Best of luck Justin…Great choice, great school. St. John’s got a good one!