It’s been a tumultuous fall for the Cornell University men’s lacrosse program.
A hazing incident resulted in the Big Red pulling the plug on its fall event schedule. Then, head coach Ben DeLuca was relieved of his duties.
Cornell suffered another setback earlier this week when one of the top defensemen on Long Island, Smithtown West High School senior standout Logan Greco, decommitted from Cornell and committed to Virginia.
Cornell’s loss is UVa’s gain.
And DeLuca’s departure was directly related to Greco’s decision, as first reported on Nov. 27 by Joe Lombardi on LaxLessons.com’s Lacrosse Insider premium coverage section.
“I started to question my commitment to Cornell when I got word that Coach DeLuca was dismissed from his position,” Greco said. “I have had such great coaches growing up through the pipeline and Coach DeLuca had the same type of personality that I look for in a coach.
“It wasn’t an easy decision to decommit from a school that I worked hard to be able to attend, but (Virginia) Coach Starsia, the team and the academic reputation of UVa made me feel that I just fit there.”
A star running back, Greco is also one of the state’s top football players.
Did you consider any colleges besides UVa?
I wasn’t looking (to transfer) at all when my high school coach (Bob Moltisanti Jr.) got the call from UVa after Coach DeLuca was dismissed. My circumstances changed and I am very grateful that this opportunity just opened up for me.
When did you visit UVa and how did that go?
I visited UVA on Friday, Nov. 23 through Saturday, Nov. 24. Every aspect of the school met my needs from the lacrosse sports program to the outstanding academic programs to the long term coaching tradition all the way to the network of connections for after I graduate, not to mention I have family that lives in Virginia Beach.
What are your final thoughts on your senior season in football?
My senior football season was a dream come true. We had the best season in Smithtown history and I will carry those memories for the rest of my life.
It was devastating to end the season in overtime especially knowing that I will never play in an organized football game with these guys again. It made me realize that my senior year is going by so fast that I need to cherish every moment and take it all in.
How does football help you as a lacrosse player?
The discipline in football rolls over to the lacrosse field. Football definitely helps me be a more physical player on the lacrosse field. Since many of my teammates are also lacrosse players, the bond we develop during football season just helps us re-connect even more when we come together on the lax field.
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