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Saturday, July 23, 2011
Eastern Conn. picks up two Mass. commits

By ESPNBoston.com

ESPN RISE lacrosse editor Mike Loveday catches up with two local Class of 2012 players who recently committed to Division 3 Eastern Connecticut State.

After a promising spring, Lowell defender/long-stick midfielder Matt Gorski has issued a commitment to ECSU. Gorski had 38 groundballs and 18 forced takeaways this past season for the Raiders.


ESPN RISE: What other school’s did you consider?
Matthew Gorski: Norwich, Saint A's, Florida Southern

ER: What made ECS such an attractive choice?
MG: “The camps and the coach. Coach Axel is a great guy and I cant wait to play for him in the future.”

ER: What surprised you about the recruiting process?
MG: “How quick it really went by, it was only a week after or so after the visit that I knew where I wanted to go was ECSU.”

ER: What one piece of advice would you give to other players who are just starting on the recruiting process?
MG: “Talk to the coaches and go on visits and if the school really pops to you, talk about it with your parents and then make a decision.”

ER: Is there anything about the recruiting process that you think could change that would have made it easier or less stressful for you?
MG: “That if all the coaches had great communication like coach Axel. We talked on the phone multiple times and emailed each other. Other coaches it was strictly emails, which were spaced out by weeks.”


The Warriors also picked up a commitment from Wakefield attack Mike Dellanno, who turned in a 100-point season (55 goals, 45 assists) this past spring.



ESPN RISE: What other school’s did you consider?
Michael Dellanno: “Colleges I looked at for the future were Sacred Heart University, Plymouth State University, St. Josephs of Maine, Springfield College, Clark University and Eastern Connecticut State University.”

ESPN RISE: What made ECS such an attractive choice?
MD: “Eastern Connecticut State University was an impressive choice for me because of the campus overview, the facilities, and the coaching staff. Coach Axel is committed to his players, working with them to be the best person they can be, the best student they can be and the best lacrosse player they can be. Also, his philosophy for the game is the way I like to play.”

ESPN RISE: What one piece of advice would you give to other players who are just starting on the recruiting process?
MD: “My best advice to players just starting the recruiting process is to weigh all of your options ... find the school that best suits you. Think long term in regards to what you wish to study and what career you would like to have in the future. Also, consider what type of lacrosse program you want to be a part of.”

ER: Is there anything about the recruiting process that you think could change that would have made it easier or less stressful for you?
MD: “I feel fortunate that all the coaches I spoke with were very upfront in regards to where they saw me in their lacrosse programs. I also have had a lot of support from my high school coach, Eric Gobiel, and my club team coach Justin
Walker. I knew I wanted to play and not just be a practice player in college. I also knew where I stood with the coaches on the academic aspect of the college.”