Ridgewood (N.J.) defender heads to High Point

Daniel McKenna from Ridgewood (Ridgewood, N.J.). Courtesy McKenna Family/ESPNHS

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The High Point men’s lacrosse team gained a verbal commitment from Ridgewood (Ridgewood, N.J.) junior, Daniel McKenna.

McKenna, who is a 2013 graduate, plays defense and becomes the first player ESPNHS has confirmed for High Point’s 2013 recruiting class.

EHS: What other school’s did you consider?

DM: “The other schools I seriously considered were Syracuse, University of Delaware, Villanova and Hofstra.”

EHS: What made High Point such an attractive choice?

DM: “What made High Point University such an attractive decision was Coach Torpey himself. He is amazing coach and he is only bringing in the top players in the country. Coach Torpey has already done a phenomenal job with recruiting great 2011 and 2012 High School classes. Coach Torpey has also received a few transfers such as a Navy and Jacksonville transfer. I was also attracted to the school's academic program. High Point is offering me as many academic opportunities as possible so that I will be positioned to succeed. I want to pave my own way in the college lacrosse community by being a part of creating a brand new team that will blow everyone out of the water and that is what coach Torpey and the rest of the High Point University Lacrosse staff is offering me.”

EHS: What surprised you about the recruiting process?

DM: “Some surprises that I came across through out the recruiting process were that lacrosse is not the only aspect you have to think about. You must put many other aspects of college into play such as academics, the learning environment, the type of kids you will be spending all of your time with on the team and most importantly, where you will end up after college lacrosse.”

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

DM: “The question I most needed answered during the recruiting process was: will I receive everything I need academically to succeed in the class room so that I can have maximum playing time.”

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

DM: “One piece of advice I would give to players who just started the lacrosse recruiting process would be the earlier you start e-mail coaches and getting your name out there for everyone to see, the better. Go to as many venues as possible and the most important tournaments available and you will have no problem being seen by the top schools.”

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

DM: “Where this summer has definitely had its points of stress, it was truly the most exciting time of my life. I played at back-to-back tournaments from June through August in blistering heat and loved every minute of it. Every time I was contacted by a college, it just kept me going. I knew this was my chance to be seen and move on to great opportunities. I am so glad High Point University is that opportunity and the perfect fit.”