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It didn’t take long for Josh Karp to discover that Colgate University was the place he wanted to call his college home.

“As soon as I walked onto campus, I felt at home,” said the Class of 2016 defenseman/longstick midfielder from Newark Academy (NJ).

recruiting_updateSo it should come as no surprise that Karp has given a verbal commitment to the Raiders, a decision first reported when it was made by Joe Lombardi on’s Lacrosse Insider premium coverage section.

The 6-foot, 185-pound Karp, a righty who plays travel for NJ Riot Lacrosse, joins Matt Lupinacci (John Jay, NY, attack) as 2016 tristate commits for ‘Gate.

Now, here’s a Q&A with Josh on his commitment.

What were the main factors in your decision?
(Colgate Head) Coach (Mike) Murphy, (Assistant) Coach (Stephen) Toomy and (Assistant) Coach (Mike) Abbott were as excited as I was when I arrived and I really felt that Colgate was a school that I wanted to be at.

The balance of fantastic academics and the competitive Patriot League team as well as the closeness of the players really helped me make my decision.

What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
Bucknell, Brown, Richmond, Lafayette and Denver.

What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
My ability to take command of a defense and get everyone on the same page. I usually like to slide early and create double teams that lead to turnovers and get the ball out quickly to lead to transition offense.

12665_imageHow did you get introduced to lacrosse and what other sports have you played?
The first organized sport I played was football in second grade and most of those guys played lacrosse too. They convinced me to try lacrosse in the spring and I loved it.

I continued to play football along with lacrosse up until 11th grade.

I also snowboard avidly in the winter and do CrossFit in the offseason.

What travel team do you play on what showcase events did you participate in?
I play for NJ Riot 2016 in the summer and fall. We played in Summer Slam where I made the All-Star Game, NYLA Showcase, Lafayette Leopard Classic, and National Invite Best of the Best Team Showcase. Individually, I played in Adrenaline Black Card, Philly Showcase where I made the All-Star Game, and Maverik Showtime where I made the All-Star Game.

Any final thoughts?
I would first like to thank my parents and my sister for being constant supporters throughout this process. My parents especially for taking me everywhere I needed to be for all the tournaments and camps I participated in.

I would next like to thank NJ Riot founder and owner Lee Southren for all he has done for me throughout the years of us knowing him personally and lacrosse-wise.

I would next like to thank my youth coaches, John O’Hara and Vince Monteleone, for giving me such a strong foundation and teaching me to love the game of lacrosse.

I would also like to thank my club coach, Rob Novack, for two awesome summers and working with me on my defensive skills. Lastly I would like to thank my high school coach, Ted Gilbreath, for being a strong advocate for me in the recruiting process and preparing me for high school lacrosse and eventually for college lacrosse.

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