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Our latest Class of 2017 commitment comes from New York’s Hudson Valley by way of Canada.
Toronto native Ethan Black Fernandes, a D/LSM at Trinity-Pawling School (NY), has verbally committed to Hobart College, a decision first reported by Joe Lombardi on LaxLessons.com’s Lacrosse Insider premium coverage section.
The 5-foot-11, 165-pound Black Fernandes, a varsity letterman since ninth grade and has started the last two years, earning All-Western New England honors this past spring.
The lefty has played club lacrosse for Edge and most recently for Joe Trigiani’s Blackwolf program.
In addition to lacrosse, Black Fernandes also plays hockey for Trinity-Pawling.
Now, here’s a Q&A with Ethan on his commitment.
What were the main factors in your decision?
The main factors in making my decision were, how the school was. Hobart has many aspects to it that make it a great school such as the career centre they have. Hobart has a great lacrosse team, and they are rising higher and higher every year, the coaches and players make it a great program. Finally how close it was to home, I didn’t want to be too far but Hobart is great being close to home.
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
I was considering a number of D-I and D-III schools when I was making my decision such as RIT, Drexel, Manhattan and Sacred Heart.
Have you decided what academic major you plan to pursue?
I haven’t fully decided what academic major I plan on pursuing which is great because Hobart is a liberal arts school, but I plan on majoring in Economics.
What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
I would say my strengths as a player are my ability to carry the ball, especially in the transition game.
How did you get introduced to lacrosse and what other sports have you played?
I grew up in Toronto and lacrosse is a huge part of were I live. Ever since I was 3, I was playing box for our local club team.
What travel team do you play on what showcase events did you participate in?
I played for Edge Lacrosse for about 6 years, once I got to TP I played for the New England Storm, and Blackwolf. Some of the events I played in were Maverik Showtime, Philly Showcase, and National 175.
Any final thoughts and people you want to thank for helping you reach this point?
There are a lot of people who have been there for me during this process. I would like to thank my parents for supporting and guiding me. My Edge club coach, Adam Gardner, really encouraged me to explore the possibility of going to school outside of Canada. At Trinity-Pawling, Coach Bell, Coach Gillman, Coach Henry, and Coach Hoffman helped make me the player I am today. And most importantly, Bob Acton and his son Reid. They taught me the love of the game and really pushed me to become the athlete I am today.
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