You’d be hard-pressed to find more of a true lacrosse family right now than the Maloneys in Victor, N.Y.

Father John started it all. He played at East Syracuse Minoa High School and the SUNY Geneseo.

Oldest son John Jr., a sophomore midfielder at the University at Albany, was named to the America East all-rookie team.

Middle child Megan, a junior at Victor High School, has verbally committed to play at Canisius.

And youngest son, Ryan, a sophomore attackman/midfielder at Victor, has committed to the admissions process at Cornell University, a decision first reported when it was made on Nov. 4 by Joe Lombardi on’s Lacrosse Insider premium coverage section.

The 6-foot-1, 167-pound Ryan Maloney, a righty, is the Big Red’s second 2016 tristate commit, joining Ridgewood (N.J.) midfielder Cooper Telesco. (Cornell has since added a third tristate sophomore verbal, as reported on Nov. 8 on Lacrosse Insider.)

Maloney, who was heavily recruited, is a physical and athletic player who played on Victor’s varsity squad as a freshman midfielder this past spring. A strong finisher, Maloney, who also enjoys dishing out assists, saw action over the summer as an attackman with the Sweetlax travel team. He was recruited as an attackman. You can watch his highlight reel here.

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

What were the main factors in your decision?
A great combination of lacrosse and academics and also being close to home.

What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
Yale, Princeton, Towson, Michigan, Colgate and Albany were all great.

What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
I have good vision. I like to go to the goal, but I’ll take an assist anytime.

What area of your game do you need to work on?
I have played a lot of midfield over the last few years. I still have a lot of little things to learn about playing attack.

What travel team do you play on what showcase events did you participate in?
I play for Sweetlax Upstate. This summer, I attended the Jake Reed Camp and the Maverick Showtime Camp (all-star).

Any final thoughts?
I’d like to thank my coaches: Kevin Martin (Sweetlax), Jim Andre (Victor) and Kal Lambert.

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