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At the rate things are going, the varsity program at Fox Lane High School (NY) may become known as “Syracuse South.”

We told you at this time last year that 2016 midfielder Cullen Morgan became the first sophomore in the history of the Foxes’ program to commit to a college program, when he verballed to Syracuse.

Now, Fox Lane, locating along the rolling hills of Bedford, NY, halfway up Interstate 684, has its first-ever freshman commit.

He too is headed to Syracuse.

Meet Matt Magnan, who last week became the earliest commit in Syracuse lax history when he verballed to the Orange, a decision first reported when it was made by Joe Lombardi on’s Lacrosse Insider premium coverage section.

Magnan, a midfielder like Morgan, is the second freshman to verbal to SU in the long and tradition-rich history of one of the sport’s premier programs.

As we told you at the time, Niskayuna’s Lucas Quinn committed to ‘Cuse in February of his freshman year earlier in 2014.

The 6-foot-1, 170-pound Magnan, a lefty who plays travel for Prime Time, is an athletic player with good strength, speed and shooting skills and who is dangerous in the open field.

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

What were the main factors in your decision?
A school that was fairly close to home, beautiful campus, great facilities and a lacrosse team with a history of winning

What other schools were you considering?
Duke and UVa.

What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
My strengths are dodging north to south and shooting on the run. I would describe my style of play as fast and upbeat.

recruiting_updateWhat area of your game do you need to work on?
To keep my head up while I am dodging.

Did the fact that Cullen Morgan committed to Syracuse influence your decision and are you looking forward to playing with him in college?
Yes, he got Syracuse into my mind and how an amazing school it is and of course I am looking forward to play with one of my best friends and to be getting after it with him even more past a  high school level of play.

Does  the fact you are Syracuse’s earliest commit make it extra special for you?
It does. Making history at a school that is known for winning championships and being great definitely makes it special for me.

How did you get introduced to lacrosse and what other sports have you played?
When I was about 5 years old my brother, who is currently playing D-I lacrosse at UVM (Vermont LSM Christian Magnan) had introduced me to the game and I have been playing ever since.

I played soccer, football, basketball and wrestled.

Any final thoughts?
I would like to thank Nick Daniello for helping me through the recruiting process and for always answering questions I had and helping me through everything.

I would also like to thank Cullen Morgan and Dan Tracy for grinding day in and day out in the weight room and always encouraging me to do my best.

Also, my parents for always being there for me. And to my brother for pushing me and making me do things I wouldn’t to get me better and stronger.

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