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The combination of size and speed are attributes major Division I coaches crave for their midfield recruits.

So it should come as no surprise that Russell Masci of Don Bosco Prep (NJ) was a high target for several marquee programs.

Last week, the rising junior decided on his destination, verbally committing to the University of Maryland, a decision reported by Joe Lombardi on’s Lacrosse Insider premium coverage section.

The 6-foot-3, 190-pound Masci is also a prototypical two-way midfielder.  A righty, Masci is especially effective on alley dodges. He also is a strong feed with outstanding field vision.

Masci (prounounced Mass-ey) played travel lacrosse for Prime Time 2016 this summer and was an all-star at King of the Hill, MVP and the IL Tournament.

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

What were the main factors in your decision?
The networking and alumni support after graduating at Maryland, the highly ranked business school and the lacrosse background of Maryland.

What other colleges did you consider?
I visited Army, Navy and Rutgers.

What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
Size, speed and shooting on the run. My playing style is an ally dodger.

What area of your game do you think you can improve on?
Getting shot on target more often

How were you introduced to lacrosse and what other sports have you played?
My friends started to play and it looked fun. I’ve played basketball, baseball, football, soccer and hockey.

Any final thoughts?
Big thanks to (Prime Time Director) Nick Daniello and (Don Bosco Head) Coach (Mike) Springer for helping me with the recruiting process and my parents for supporting and driving me to all of the tournaments.

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