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Outstanding academics. Check.
Beautiful campus. Check.
Strong, Division I lacrosse program. Check.
Colgate University went three-for-three as far as three of the most important criteria on deciding on a college destination for John Jay High School (NY) rising junior attackman Matt Lupinacci.
The result was a verbal commitment to the Raiders made last week, and reported by Joe Lombardi on LaxLessons.com’s Lacrosse Insider premium coverage section.
The 6-foot-1, 160-pound righty is coming off a strong summer in which he was selected to the all-star game at the Maverik Showtime National Lacrosse Recruiting Spotlight.
Now, here’s a Q&A with Matt on his commitment.
What were the main factors in your decision?
The primary reason I decided on Colgate was its outstanding academic reputation. In addition to that, I was very impressed with the alumni network and the beautiful campus.
Also critical in my decision was the strength of the Colgate lacrosse program within the highly competitive Patriot League.
Lastly, coaches Mike Murphy and Mike Abbott made me feel comfortable that Colgate was the right place for me.
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
In addition to Colgate, I visited Fairfield, Boston University, and Binghamton. I also considered Navy, Albany, and Towson.
What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
My strengths are my dodging ability as well as being able to stretch the defense with my shot. I like to think I’m a versatile player that can be utilized at both attack and the midfield.
What area of your game do you need to work on?
I need to continue to get stronger and faster as well as improve my off-hand.
How did you get introduced to lacrosse and what other sports have you played?
I started playing when I was in first grade and I was introduced to the game by my older brother Mike, who also played at John Jay. Previously I played football and soccer.
What travel team do you play on what showcase events did you participate in?
I play for Prime Time Lacrosse and in addition to our team tournaments, I participated in the Moonlight Lacrosse showcase and was an all-star at Maverik Showtime.
Any final thoughts?
First and foremost, I would like to thank Prime Time director Nick Daniello for everything he has done in the recruiting process. I would also like to thank my high school coaches Tim Schurr as well as Jeremy Guski for contributing to my development as a player.
In addition, some John Jay graduates that have helped me along the way are Mike and Chris Bocklet, Chris Daniello, and Nick Hautau.
Last, but not least, I would like to thank my family for supporting me throughout the years.
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