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Fall 2014 Signing Week coverage

There will be quite a crowd in the Little Theater at Sachem North High School on Long Island late Monday morning.

That’s when the Flaming Arrows will be holding their annual Fall Signing Week ceremony. The will be a large gathering both in the audience and on stage.

Sachem North, after all, has 11 Class of 2015 college commits.

We continuing spotlighting them with a look at Erick Szurley.

The goaltender Erick Szurley will be making his commitment to Division II Belmont Abbey, first reported when it was made by Joe Lombardi on’s Lacrosse Insider premium coverage section.

Erick is a great kid,” Sachem North coach Jason Mauro said. “He works extremely hard and a tremendous leader. Eric will have a great year for us and in the future.”

The 6-foot-1, 175-pound righty is a strong stopper with good field vision and communication skills.

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

What were the main factors in your decision?
I really wanted to go away and when I went on my overnight visit to Belmont Abby, I really liked the school and the area around the school. It felt like a good decision academically and athletically.

What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
Walsh, Assumption and SUNY Maritime.

What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
My strengths as a player would be my one-on-one game. I’m really good at reading shots from close up and coming up with a big saves.

Another main strength would be that I have been around the game for most of my life and know a lot about it.

Screen Shot 2014-11-14 at 1.19.30 PMWhat area of your game do you need to work on?
The area of my game that I need to work on would be being more patient in net waiting for shots and on clears. Also being more consistent in the net with both areas of my game.

How did you get introduced to lacrosse and what other sports have you played?
I got introduced to lacrosse in third grade because one of my friends played and my uncle use to play in high school.

Other sports I played were basketball and wrestling.

What travel team do you play on what showcase events did you participate in?
I played for Sachem North over the summer and we attended Lehigh Lax fest, LI Lax Fest, Hofstra Summer Classic and UMass Lacrosse Tournament,

Any final thoughts and people you want to thank for helping you reach this point?
I would like to thank all my varsity coaches for all the help and support threw this process and getting me to making my right decision.

They always were calling coaches and emailing them for me and it really helped.

Also, I would like to thank my coach from when I played in elementary school, Wayne Rhatigan. He has also helped me a ton throughout the years with my game and much more in life.

I want to thank my mom for putting up with this whole process and supporting me in my lacrosse career my entire life and driving me to all my lacrosse events.

Finally, I want to thank my dad who passed away over the summer but was a big inspiration to me playing my whole life. He loved watching me play and I wish he could be here to see me commit but I know he is watching over me.

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