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Herschel Halesworth established himself as rising star in one of the nation’s best lacrosse leagues, the CHSAA, before he even played his first varsity game.

Halesworth’s decision to leave Sleepy Hollow and enroll at Iona Prep prior to his freshman year attracted attention throughout the area when first reported at this time last year on’s Lacrosse Insider premium coverage section.

The attackman/midfielder then went on to earn first-team all-CHSAA honors in his first season with Iona Prep, ringing up 34 goals and 18 assists for 52 points,  the most points by an Iona Prep freshman since Nick Trizano (Class of 2009).

Earlier this week, Halesworth’s lacrosse career, which has been unfolding like a highlight reel in fast forward, deciding on his college destination, verbally committing to the admissions process at the College of the Holy Cross, a decision documented  by Joe Lombardi on Lacrosse Insider.

The 5-foot-10, 155-pound Halesworth, a righty who is also a football standout, is an agile and athletic player with a combination of strong skills and good speed. You can watch his highlight reel here.

Recruiting abstractNow, here’s a Q&A with Hersch on his commitment.

What were the main factors in your decision?
Strong academics, small liberal arts school, beautiful campus, great coaching staff, alumni network, team building towards winning a national championship.

What other schools were you considering?
Other Patriot League programs.

What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
Feeding and off-ball movement. I would describe my playing style as fast and unselfish.

Have you decided what academic major you plan to pursue?

What area of your game do you need to work on?
Off-hand shooting, getting bigger and stronger.

halesworthtweetHow did you get introduced to lacrosse?
Town youth program.

What other sports have you played?
Football and basketball.

What travel team do you play on?
Long Island Express North and RedWater.

What showcase events did you participate in?
Lehigh Valley Showcase, Blue Chip 225, prospect days.

Any final thoughts and people you want to thank for helping you reach this point?
I would like to thank my Iona brothers and coaching staff, Coach Rick, Coach Steve, Coach Fee, Coach Nic and Coach Mike for all they have done for me in just one year.

I would also like to thank my Express family and coaching staff, Coach Schrieber and Coach Reda, for the many years of coaching and helping me gain exposure.

Lastly, I want to thank my friends and family for always being supportive of my decisions and helping me during the recruiting process.

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