Stony Brook University has been in the recruiting spotlight here.

Just yesterday, we told you the third Class of 2014 player from Sachem North High School (N.Y.) to commit to the the Seawolves: defenseman Anthony Ross.

Today, we take a look at another senior standout from a high school power located near Stony Brook who also has decided to play his collegiate lacrosse at SBU: defenseman Rob Talay of Smithtown East, a commitment reported on July 24 by Joe Lombardi on LaxLessons.com’s “Lacrosse Insider” section.

The 6-foot-2, 170-pound Talay not only has ideal size, but good quickness as well, in addition to playing an aggressive brand of lacrosse.

Now, here’s a Q&A with Rob on his commitment.

recruiting_updateNow, here’s a Q&A with Rob on his commitment.

What were the main factors in your decision?
Stony Brook’s reputation academically, proximity to home and, of course, its highly reputable lacrosse program.

What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
Sacred Heart, Boston University, the University of Tampa, St. Michael’s, St. Anselm, Lafayette, High Point University, Providence, Dartmouth and Rutgers. I visited Sacred Heat, St. Anselm, Rutgers, High Point University, DeSales and Boston University.

What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
I am quick on my feet, I communicate well with my teammates and a I have a quick stick. During a televised game against Sachem North in 2013, the announcer said that I was a “very rangy player.” My style of play is quick and aggressive.

What area of your game do you need to work on?
I would like to work on my in-between-the-box play and my offensive presence.

How did you get introduced to lacrosse and what other sports have you played?
I was introduced to lacrosse in middle school by my dad. My current varsity head coach Jason Lambert was also my elementary school physical education teacher who always encouraged me to play lacrosse.  I’ve played football, volleyball, basketball and hockey.

What travel team do you play on and what showcase events did you participate in?
I play for Team Smithtown as my travel team, which is also my high school team. I participated in and made Suffolk County Top 20 Showcase in 2011, 2012 and 2013. I made Top 40 for Long Island Underarmour Tryouts in 2013.

I’ve also played in Hotbeds, TriLax, Fall Classic in Wading River, Long Island Lax Classic at Hofstra, Lehigh Laxfest and Blue Chip 225.

Any final thoughts?
I would like to thank my parents for all their encouragement and support throughout my academic and lacrosse accomplishments.

I would also like to thank my coach Jason Lambert for all his support and guidance.

I would like to especially thank my dad for the endless road trips to the many lacrosse tournaments and colleges we visited. We had a really fun time together.

For all the young kids who are looking to play lacrosse at the college level, work as hard in the classroom as you do on the field. They go hand in hand.

Posted In: Long Island lacrosse, Recruiting Rundown, Section 11

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