For Rob Looney, the key to excelling in goal comes down to two key things — his hands and hard work.
“My strengths as a player lay within my quick hands and my work ethic,” said the senior at John Jay High School (N.Y.). “My style of play would best be described as a scrappy player that uses his hands and reflexes to his advantage.”
It’s a style that has served Looney well, and will continue to at the next level.
The 5-foot-10, 164-pound righty verballed to Ohio Wesleyan earlier this week, a commitment first reported by Joe Lombardi on LaxLessons.com’s Lacrosse Insider special coverage section.
What were the main factors in your decision?
I wanted to find a good academic school, with a good lacrosse program where I can win games, and the size I was looking for. OWU fit all of those categories. Also the entire team and coaching staff were great on my visit there.
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
I was being looked at by LIU Post, University of Tampa, Fairly Dickinson, Hamilton and West Point. I only visited West Point.
What area of your game do you need to work on?
I would like to work on my clearing and try to get better transition plays going.
How did you get introduced to lacrosse and what other sports have you played?
I used to play hockey and football until sophomore year, and I was introduced by a family friend of mine.
What travel team do you play on what showcase events did you participate in?
For the past few years, I have played on the Prime Time 2014 team. The only individual showcases I went to were Blue Chip 225 and the Moonlight Section 1 Showcase.
This last summer for Prime Time, as a team we went to NYLA Showcase, MVP at Delaware, King of the Hill, Trilax National Festival and Hotbeds.
Any final thoughts?
First I would like to thank my parents for letting me proceed with lacrosse.
Next, former Dartmouth goalie Mike Novosel for teaching me everything I know as a kid and also my school goalie coach Chuck Leitner who has volunteered so much of his time to help out myself and my entire team.
I would also like to thank (Prime Time Director) Nick Daniello for helping me and running such a great program.
And finally, I want to thank my John Jay (Head) Coach (Tim) Schurr. He gave me my first chance to play at the varsity level and I couldn’t have asked for a better coach and role model.
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