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Take a good look at the photo above.
In it, you will see two of the top players on rival Long Island programs battling it out in action from this past spring.
You are also looking at a big part of the future of Hofstra University lacrosse.
On the right is recent Massapequa HS grad Ryan Tierney, an attackman who committed to play for the Pride, coached by his father, Seth.
On the left is Danny Ochs, a skilled Class of 2018 defenseman/longstick midfielder from Nassau Class A champion Syosset.
Ochs became Hofstra’s latest verbal earlier this week. His decision to commit to the Pride was first reported by Joe Lombardi on LaxLessons.com’s Lacrosse Insider premium coverage section.
Syosset beat Massapequa 18-12 in the Section 8 final before falling to Ward Melville in the Long Island title game, and Ochs, a starter as a sophomore, was a big reason why.
The 5-foot-8, 160-pound Ochs is a quick and agile lefty who is especially adept at getting groundballs. He’s an aggressive on-ball defender and an effective wing player on faceoffs.
Ochs (pronounced “Oaks”) is the brother of former Syosset standout goaltender Bryan Ochs, who just finished his freshman year at LIU Post.
What were the main factors in your decision?
It was the perfect fit for academics and lacrosse.
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
I had visited Cornell, St. Joseph’s, UPenn, Bucknell and Lafayette.
Have you decided what academic major you plan to pursue?
History and Political Science to work towards law school.
What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
I try to play aggressive on-ball defense and my favorite part of the game is when the ball is on the turf
What area of your game do you need to work on?
I want to continue to work on every part of my game as well as work on my strength and conditioning
How did you get introduced to lacrosse and what other sports have you played?
My dad (Peter Ochs), two older brothers and older sister all played lacrosse, so I just followed along.
I have played football. soccer and basketball.
What travel team do you play on what showcase events did you participate in?
In addition to my HS summer team I played with the LI Express. I have attended Jake Reed and Maverik Showtime as well as the Brine Nationals and the Nassua County Rising team.
Any final thoughts and people you want to thank for helping you reach this point?
I would like to thank my high school coaches John Calabria and Brett Waxer as well as my travel coaches Mike Chanenchuck and John Lynott as well as my parents brothers and sister
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