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Erik Carnazza is in the midst of a senior season at Somers High School (N.Y.) marked by success  in football.

Carnazza, a running back/linebacker, scored six touchdowns and had 59 tackles to lead the Tuskers to their second straight Class A sectional title.

somersspotlightBut as the Somers lacrosse team starts its season today, Carnazza is looking ahead to a college career in lacrosse after drawing interest in both sports.

The defenseman’s decided on Division III power Springfield College.

The 5-foot-11, 183-pound Carnazza is a righty who brings his football mentality to the lacrosse field. He’s a physical and aggressive player who enjoys delivering hard hits.

His progression in lacrosse is especially noteworthy since he just picked up the sport before his junior year.

“I got introduced last year when the team needed another defender due to injuries and I instantly feel in love with the sport,” said Carnazza, who also plays football and basketball for the Tuskers.

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

What were the main factors in your decision?
I loved the school as soon as I visited and I thought with the outstanding facilities and sports that it would be a great fit for me.

What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
I was considering some other schools for football, but for lacrosse I was looking between Endicott, Roger Williams and Springfield.

What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
My strengths are definitely my physicality and use of my stick. I consider myself to be a very aggressive player and love to throw my body and stick when I can.

What area of your game do you need to work on?
I think I just need to work on mostly my stick skills due to just picking up the game last year I think I need to get more control over my stick.

What travel team do you play on what showcase events did you participate in?
I played on the WestRock Wolfpack and attended the UMass Showcase as well as the Rhody 100 at Roger Williams University.

Any final thoughts?
I just want to thank all of my teammates and coaches for introducing me into the sport as well as helping me progress as a player.

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