Western New England University is quickly becoming a hotspot from Somers High School (N.Y.) standouts.

Former Tusker midfielder Jack Ahearn is a junior midfielder at WNE.

Last year at this time, attackman/midfielder Chris Marasco committed to the Golden Bears. Marasco will be a freshman at WNE this fall.

Earlier this week, Class of 2014 midfielder Lucas Andriano verballed to Western New England, a commitment that was first reported when it was made by Joe Lombardi on LaxLessons.com’s “Lacrosse Insider” section.

The 5-foot-11, 175-pound Andriano, a righty, is an athletic player with good size who is effective at getting groundballs.

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

What were the main factors in your decision?
The size of the school, the opportunities Western New England has to offer, and the coaching staff. No other school that recruited me made me feel more at home than (Western New England Head) Coach (John) Klepacki and his staff did.

What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
I was considering Roger Williams, Endicott, Virginia Military and Eastern Connecticut. I was able to visit Endicott a few times and Roger Williams once. Both schools were very impressive. Unfortunately I never made it VMI.

What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
My speed and groundball game. I also feel that I’m one of the hardest working players on the field and I’m always looking to outwork my opponent. According to (Somers Head) Coach Lew (Janavey), I’m a grinder. I just feel that’s the way the game should be played.

landrianoWhat area of your game do you need to work on?
I need to work on my off-hand shooting. And by the end of senior year, I’m hoping to have a better offensive understanding of the game.

How did you get introduced to lacrosse and what other sports have you played?
Through my neighbors, the Adamo family. They were the first to spark my interest in lacrosse. I also played football for awhile but a problem with my lower back and an increasing interest in my lacrosse career drove me away from it.

What travel team do you play on what showcase events did you participate in?
I played for WestRock lacrosse throughout my travel team career. I went to the UMass Summer Classic, Yale Bulldog Bash and a tournament at Farmingdale. Showcase-wise, I went to the Battle of the Hotbeds twice, and the the Capital Challenge at UAlbany.

Any final thoughts?
I want to thank the Fiocco family for really sticking with me through out early years of lacrosse. Lacrosse was my weakest sport, but they took me to the field and worked with me everyday to help me get to where I am today.

I would also like to thank my (Somers) coaches Lew (Janavey) and (Assistant) Coach (Brian) Dalton for helping me become a much better lacrosse player of the past two years.

I also have great parents who sacrificed a lot of time for me.

Lastly i would like to thank Chuck Cartelli, a Western New England alum, for sparking my interest in the school.

Posted In: Hudson Valley, Recruiting Rundown, Section 1

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