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Will Kirshner attributes the secret to his success in the faceoff X to his ability to read his opponent and make the necessary adjustments.

It’s an attribute that has served the Class of 2018 standout well at Harrison High School (NY) and should also prove to be effective at the next level.

Earlier this week, Kirshner decided where that will be, verbally committing to Fairfield University, a decision first report by Joe Lombardi on’s Lacrosse Insider premium coverage section. 

The 5-foot-11, 165-pound Kirshner is a hard-nosed, aggressive righty with outstanding technique.

Now, here’s a Q&A with Will on his commitment.

Recruiting abstractWhat were the main factors in your decision?
I wanted to find a place that ultimately, if I took lacrosse out of the equation, I would still be happy at the school.

Fairfield had a great campus feel but at the same time, you are five minutes away from downtown Fairfield, which is pretty awesome.

Another factor was the coaching staff. (Head) Coach (Andy) Copelan made me feel very comfortable as soon as I got on campus and I immediately wanted to play for him, (Assistant) Coach (Andy) Whitley and(Assistant) Coach (Colin) Hulme.

What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
Providence, Boston U, RIT, Hartford and Cleveland State.

Have you decided what academic major you plan to pursue?

What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
The area of my game I take pride in the most is adapting to my opponent. Because of that, I am a very multi-dimensional faceoff guy whether it’s popping it forward, or using my wings.

What area of your game do you need to work on?
I will continue to work on my offensive abilities whether it’s shooting on the run, transition play or being a middie in a 6-on-6 offense. Also I need to get bigger, faster and stronger.

How did you get introduced to lacrosse and what other sports have you played?
I first got introduced to the game in seventh grade. My brother Jake was a faceoff guy and he began showing me how to face off in the backyard.  I played in the past are baseball and currently play basketball and golf.

What travel team do you play on what showcase events did you participate in?
For club I play for Eclipse Lacrosse. I attended the Boys Philly Showcase, Adrenaline Blackcard and this summer I attended Legacy Super 8 tournament and IL Recruiting Invitational Session 3.

Any final thoughts and people you want to thank for helping you reach this point?
A lot of people made this awesome goal a reality. I first would like to say thank you to all three Cipollas (Matt, Bryan and Bob). They have worked tirelessly at making Harrison a lacrosse town and are a huge part in how I developed my game when I was younger, and also how I am still developing it.

Next I’d like to thank Jamie Hanford and Chip Buzzeo. Both helped me tremendously in the recruiting process and am fortunate enough to play for an organization as great as theirs.

My faceoff coaches Greg Gurenlian and Jerry Ragonese have made big impacts. Greg has been a huge mentor for me over these past years not only at the X but also off the field. Without Greg, none of this would have never happened.

Also I would like to thank all of my friends who made this possible and believing in me and what I was trying to accomplish.

Finally, my brother, my mom, and my dad. They have been along this journey with me from the start, going back to when I quit baseball in seventh grade. All of the time they sacrificed into my well being both in between the lines and wherever I may be, I owe all of this to them.


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