Ernie Alvino has the physical skills needed to excel as a goaltender.

But the junior at St. Augustine Prep (N.J.) also has the mental attributes necessary for that position.

“I like to play an intelligent game where I use my technique to make saves,” he said.

The 5-foot-10, 160-pound Alvino will take his mental and physical brand of lacrosse to the Air Force Academy.

For a look at Alvino in action, you can watch his highlight reel here.

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

What were the main factors in your decision?
I chose the U.S. Air Force Academy because of the great academics, top-notch lacrosse program and the opportunity to serve and lead my country.

What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
Brown, Dartmouth and Lafayette.

What are your strengths as a player?
My strengths are staying big to make in-tight saves and looking up field to push transition off of a far shot.

What area of your game do you need to work on?
I’m currently working on becoming a better team and defensive leader.

How did you get introduced to lacrosse and what other sports have you played?
I started playing lacrosse in fourth grade as a defenseman. I switched to goalie the following year. I have also played football and baseball.

What travel team do you play on what showcase events did you participate in?
South Shore Lacrosse.  I played at Maverik Showtime and Fall Philly Showcase.

Any final thoughts?
I’d like to thank my mom and dad for being so supportive. I’d also like to thank Coach (JC) Valore and Coach (Chad) Flexon for making me a better player, athlete and person.

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