If you’ve been following along as the commitments have been made on our Lacrosse Insider premium coverage section, you know that Lafayette College has emerged as a force in landing underclass commitments from the nation’s No. 1 hotspot for lacrosse, the New York/New Jersey/Connecticut tristate region.

Chalk up another one for the Leopards from Easton, Pa.

Joe Lombardi is reporting that Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School (NJ) attackman Robbie Garavente has given a verbal to Lafayette.

The 6-foot, 175-pound Garavente is a righty feeder/finisher who is especially effective creating from X and who has a quick release on his shots. He also plays varsity hockey. You can watch his highlight reel here.

He plays travel lacrosse for Team United Black. He is also an outstanding student who has a 4.29 grade-point average.

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

What were the main factors in your decision?
While making this decision, I was searching for a school with a great academic reputation where I would be able to play lacrosse at the highest level. Lafayette is a well-respected institution, and it is part of the Patriot League, which is one of the most competitive conferences in the country.

Also, after meeting the coaching staff, it was clear to me that they are completely focused on the success of the team.

What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
I also considered Villanova and Williams.

What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
I like to use my size and can play with both hands. As a dodger, my ability to make moves in both directions keeps the defense guessing. I also have good vision, knowing where my teammates are at all times.

What area of your game do you need to work on?
It is important for me to continue to improve all parts of my game to be able to contribute at the college level.

How did you get introduced to lacrosse?
My dad introduced me to lacrosse when I was in first grade. Since then, the coaches I’ve played for, including my Uncle Howie, have continued to help me become a better player.

What travel team do you play on what showcase events did you participate in?
I play for United Lacrosse co-directors Steve Carcaterra and Ric Beardsley. I participated in Capital Challenge Showcase Camp over the summer, played with Team United in the fall, and will be attending Maverik Showtime this summer.

Any final thoughts?
I would like to thank my mom, dad, brother and sister for supporting me throughout the recruiting process. They have always been there for me, and I am so thankful to have them in my life.

I would also like to thank my club coaches, Steve Carcaterra and Ric Beardsley, who have made me a better player and will continue to prepare me for the Division I level.

Coming soon only on Lacrosse Insider:
Joe Lombardi takes a look at 10 tristate varsity standouts who will be impact players at the college level

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