It didn’t take long for Ian Laviano to make his mark at Long Island power Cold Spring Harbor. He became just the second eighth-grader to ever make the CHS varsity last spring. (Greg Peyser was the first in 1998.)
The 2017 attackman has now decided where he”ll make his mark in college, giving a verbal commitment to the University of Virginia.
A quick and elusive player, the 5-foot-8, 145-pound Laviano, a righty, is two-time MVP of the Dick’s Sporting Goods national championship and a two-time member of the Brine national team. You can watch his highlight reel here.
Now, here’s a Q&A with Ian on his commitment.
What were the main factors in your decision?
The superior academics and the great quality lacrosse program as well as the coaching staff’s ability to work with each player’s individual talents to create an all-around great team dynamic.
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
After close consideration between Duke, Georgetown, Harvard, John Hopkins, Penn State, Princeton, UPenn, and a few other schools, I felt the University of Virginia was the best fit for me.
What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
My vision to see the field, and react upon it accurately and quickly. Also, my IQ to recognize the defense, which keeps improving with the help of carefully analyzing lacrosse films.
What area of your game do you need to work on?
I need to work on everything, including getting stronger, faster, bigger, and improving my lefty and righty stick skills. There is always room for improvement, there is always someone trying to catch up.
How did you get introduced to lacrosse and what other sports have you played?
I got introduced to the game of lacrosse by my dad in the first grade, and immediately fell in love with the game. I’ve also played hockey, football, basketball, and I am now currently training with the track team to increase my stamina.
What travel team do you play on what showcase events did you participate in?
I play for Team 91, and they did a great job preparing me for all the showcases I entered. I attended the Cottle Fall Invitational, U of Maryland Fall Classic, Philly Individual and Team Fall Showcase and Nike Freshmen Blue Chip.
Any final thoughts?
I’d like to thank my dad for pushing me to my limits always, for never letting me get over my head. He is always honest with me on what I need to improve on. I also want to thank him for giving up so much of his own time to always work with me on my game to improve it, also standing on the lacrosse field giving me support instead of going golfing.
I’d also like to thank my mom and my sisters for always being there for me and teaching me to become a gentlemen.
Also I’d like to thank all my coaches I have had over the years for teaching me all kinds of different aspects of my game: Jim Mule, Brian Spallina, Dennis Bonn, Michael Hungerford, Christian Lynch, George Powers, Joe Desimone, Sean Haggerty, Rudy Licciardi, Nick Woll, Ed Fox and Christian Kennedy.
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