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Danny Caroussos has had a very busy — and eventful fall.
The senior at Smithtown West High School has led the Bulls to a 3-1 start as two-year starting quarterback for the Suffolk County (NY)-based squad.
But while in the midst of leading the Bulls to three straight wins to start the senior, Caroussos found time to decide where he will spend his college years — and in what sport.
An athletic midfielder, Caroussos has committed to Division III power SUNY Cortland, a decision first reported by Joe Lombardi on LaxLessons.com’s Lacrosse Insider premium coverage section.
The 5-foot-10, 165-pound Caroussos, a righty, is an unselfish player who is strong with both hands. He sees the field well and is also strong on groundballs and in transition. In addition, he has a nice scoring touch both as a finisher and in setting up his teammates with well-placed passes.
Now, here’s a Q&A with Danny on his commitment.
What were the main factors in your decision?
I felt Cortland was the best fit for me both academically and athletically. Cortland competes at a high level of lacrosse and has a winning history and I wanted to be part of that.
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
I visited a few schools over the last year and spoke with several coaches.
Have you decided what academic major you plan to pursue?
I am still unsure what I would like to study maybe something in the business field.
What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
I would say my main strengths are that I can use both my left and right hands, and that I can read the field well. I consider myself a team player.
What area of your game do you need to work on?
I need to work on my overall strength.
How did you get introduced to lacrosse?
Most of my friends were playing lacrosse when I was younger so I wanted to give it a try and I loved it.
How has playing football helped you grow and improve your skills in lax?
Playing quarterback has helped me to read the field better and help me play more aggressively.
What have been the keys to Smithtown West’s strong start in football this season?
Smithtown has a great program. We had a really good two-a-days camp in the summer where we all came together as a team.
We have great team chemistry and respect for each other. We’ve been playing with each other for a long time so we know how to help each other and pick each other up.
Any final thoughts and people you want to thank for helping you reach this point?
I want to thank my mom and dad for supporting me through everything, I want to thank Coach (Bob) Moltisanti (Jr.), and all the Smithtown West coaches who have helped me grow as a player. I also want to thank my first coach, Shane Kielmeyer for teaching me how to play the game.
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