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If John Lombardi makes the kind of immediate impact on the University of Michigan men’s lacrosse team  like he did for Irondequoit’s varsity team as a freshman this past spring, the Wolverines will be very pleased.

Lombardi, one of the nation’s top Class of 2018 midfielders, verbally committed to Michigan last week, a decision reported when it was made by Joe Lombardi on’s Lacrosse Insider premium coverage section.

The 5-foot-6, 165-pound Lombardi, a righty, had 26 goals, 17 assists and 43 points this past spring.

He is a quick, elusive and athletic dodger with good speed, stamina and strength. He is also a member of Irondequoit’s varsity football team and plays running back and linebacker.

Lombardi  joins Maryland-bound attackman Christian Villani of Smithtown East HS (NY&) and Johns Hopkins-bound midfielder Alex Mabbett as tristate 2018 commits.

Lombardi is also an outstanding student with a 94.5 grade average.

His brother, Billy Lombardi, a graduate of Aquinas Institute where he was a five-year letterwinner, is a sophomore midfielder at Penn State University.

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

What were the main factors in your decision?
I plan to major in business and the University of Michigan has an excellent business school.

I visited Michigan and the coaching staff made me feel like I belonged.

There are some great things happening at Michigan and I’m just excited to be a part of it

What other schools did you consider?
Maryland, Penn State, Syracuse and Virginia.

Screen Shot 2014-10-01 at 7.44.12 PMWhat are your strength as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
I feel my strengths are the fact that I can play anywhere on the field.  I just want to make a difference no matter what position I am asked to play.

I feel I do my best when the competition is toughest.

What areas of your game do you need to work on?
I take preparation very seriously.  I work in the weight room three days a week.  I play wall ball and shoot every day of the week.  The stick doesn’t leave my hand.  I need to keep training and get better every day because if I don’t the competition will.

How did you get introduced to lacrosse?
I always admired my brother Billy and wanted to do everything he did. When he played, I was always elected the water boy and although I thought it was a punishment, as I look back, it allowed me to watch and learn.

What travel program do you play on?
I play for 2018 Sweetlax. I really enjoy playing for Sweetlax and look forward to fall and summer lacrosse.

I competed in the Big 4, Adrenaline Cup and the Sweetlax invitational.

Any final thoughts?
I want to thank Kevin Martin from Sweetlax for all of his guidance and support throughout the recruiting process.

I would also like to thank my family for all of their love.

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