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A college that was equally strong academically as athletically drove Alexander Borg’s choice.
The Class of 2017 faceoff midfielder at Dwight Englewood HS (NJ) found Providence College to be the perfect fit.
The 5-foot-10, 165-pound Borg, a righty, is an athletic player with quick hands who is dangerous in the open field.
His commitment to PC was first reported by Joe Lombardi on LaxLessons.com’s Lacrosse Insider premium coverage section.
Now, here’s a Q&A with Alex on his decision.
What were the main factors in your decision?
I wanted a school that valued academics as much as it did lacrosse. I also wanted a school not far from my home in New Jersey so my family could come to games.
Since I am unsure in my major, I also wanted a school that offered a variety of options.
The new facilities are what really impressed me. The campus is beautiful.
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
I was considering Villanova, Lafayette, Richmond Rutgers, and Fairfield.
I visited Villanova, Rutgers, and Fairfield.
Have you decided what academic major you plan to pursue?
Business or Liberal Arts.
Have you decided on an academic major?
What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
My strengths are my hand speed, reaction time, stick skills, and ability to push a fast break off of an ensuing faceoff.
What area of your game do you need to work on?
I need to work on my overall strength, which can be done through weight training with my faceoff coach Greg “Beast” Gurenlian.
How did you get introduced to lacrosse and what other sports have you played?
I started playing lacrosse in sixth grade, when I began playing for my middle school team. My coach Gregg Emery pushed me to pursue the face-off position when our main face-off guy got hurt. I have played Soccer since I was 5, and play for Dwight-Englewood.
What travel team do you play on what showcase events did you participate in?
I play for Dwight-Englewood’s varsity lacrosse team as well as Patriot Lacrosse.
This summer, I attended many showcases, including FLG Premier, Prep School Showcase, Harvard Crimson Classic, NSCLA Select Showcase, NSCLA Cup, Crab City, Jake Reed’s Nike Blue Chip Rising Juniors, NXT Philly Invitational, National 175 and Inside Lacrosse Session 3.
I also made and played in the Under Armour 2017 Uncommitted Game.
Any final thoughts and people you want to thank for helping you reach this point?
First, I’d like to thank my family for putting up with non-stop lacrosse for the past couple of years.
My father and mother have put aside many things in order to drive, or fly me all over the Eastern seaboard.
I’d also like to thank my brothers Austin, Charlie, and William for the constant support and my extended family for always being there for me.
I’d like to thank my coaches helping me reach this goal. Without Dwight-Englewood coaches Jack Armitage and Chris Nerkizian, I wouldn’t have been able to reach my full potential.
Also, I’d like Patriot Lacrosse head Chuck Ruebling. Coach Ruebling has opened many doors for me throughout the process and has helped me make my decision.
I’d also like to thank my middle school coaches Gregg Emery, Paul Jung, Andy Escala and Mark Fable. Without a proper introduction to the game of lacrosse I don’t think I would have found such a great passion for it.
Lastly, I’d like to thank the Facoff Academy for their continued help, especially Greg Gurenlian and Jerry Ragonese, both have helped me hone my craft.
And I’d like to thank my friends for always being there for me.
My three best friends — Mickey Sacks, Will Schwartz and Jeremy Meier — have supported me throughout everything. They’ve always emphasized that no matter what happens, we’d still remain close.
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