Brendan Halpin is known as a quick and shifty north-south dodger.

For his college destination, he’ll be heading east.

The two-way senior midfielder at Cranford High School in New Jersey  committed to the University of Hartford earlier this week, as first reported by Joe Lombardi on’s Lacrosse Insider premium coverage section.

The 5-foot-10, 165-pound righty was recruited by a variety of Division I and Division III programs. You can watch his highlight reel here.

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

What were the main factors in your decision?
At Hartford there is a very strong culture of lacrosse. I feel like I am part of a good community. The academics at Hartford are exceptional, and I can come out with a great degree.

What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
I was considering UMass, Monmouth, Richmond, Qunnipiac, Ohio State, Salisbury, Scranton, and Cabrini. I visited most of these schools, but felt Hartford was the best fit for me as a student-athlete.

What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
Speed and hand skills, but my game still needs work in all areas of the game, to prepare for the next level. I would describe my style of play as quick and shifty as a downhill, north-south dodger.

What area of your game do you need to work on?
I need to work on shooting, and overall lacrosse IQ to improve my game.

How did you get introduced to lacrosse and what other sports have you played?
I first got introduced to lacrosse when my friends handed me a stick to shoot around with, around the time when I was in sixth grade. I started playing on the town team the next year in seventh grade. I play ice hockey and played football and baseball.

What travel team do you play on what showcase events did you participate in?
I play on Building Blocks Lacrosse. I participated in the summer Philly Showcase, Top 205 rising seniors, Blue Chip 225, National Invitational Best of the Best, Rutgers MVP, The D-I experience, FLG in 3D and the Maryland Showcase.

Any final thoughts?
I want to thank my parents and family for supporting me through this whole process. I also want to thank my high school coaches, Coach Reinoso, Coach Filipone, Coach Trapani and Coach LoForte, for their guidance through the whole recruiting process.

I want to thank my club coach, Coach Sheiner, for his support and encouragement.

I am excited for the season this year, and to start my college lacrosse career next fall.

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