Wellesley's Crane commits to Williams

ESPN RISE lacrosse editor Mike Loveday reports that Wellesley attackman Peter Crane has commited to Williams and will join its 2012 recruiting class.

Crane tallied 32 goals and 35 assists for the Raiders last season and was a "Best of the Rest Selection" on ESPN Boston's inaugural All-State team.

Loveday caught up with Crane for a Q-and-A following his commitment. Here's a snippet:

ESPN High School: What other school’s did you consider?

Peter Crane: “I knew I wanted to play in the NESCAC Conference and was considering a few schools in that division.”

EHS: What made Williams such an attractive choice?

PC: “Williams College was the best academic fit for me and is one of the top schools in the country.”

EHS: What surprised you about the recruiting process?

PC: “What surprised me most about the recruiting process was the amount of camps and tournaments to choose from when deciding my list for the summer.”

EHS: What was the most important question you asked college coaches during the process?

PC: “When I was talking with coaches I wanted a clear understanding of whether I was a prospect for their program, where I was on their prospect list, and how they saw their lacrosse program in the future. I really enjoyed my conversation with coach McCormack at Williams and I am excited to be a part of their lacrosse program.”

EHS: What one piece of advice would you give to other players who are just starting on the recruiting process?

PC: “The advice I would give to other players is to keep your grades up so that schools have the opportunity to recruit you. Get in contact with the coaches and schools that you are most interested in. If you don't get in touch with them then they may never get the chance to see you play. There are hundreds of kids at every tournament and camp, but if a coach knows your interested in his school he will come watch you play.”

EHS: Is there anything about the recruiting process that you think could change that would have made it easier or less stressful for you?

PC: “I had a very positive experience with the recruiting process and most of the coaches I talked to were very straightforward with me and told me where I was on their recruiting list or if I should explore other options. My club team, Laxachusetts, gave me the opportunity to be exposed to many great colleges and was extremely helpful. Also, my high school coach, Rocky Batty, was a huge resource throughout the process.”