Long Beach (N.Y.) attackman to Holy Cross

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Long Beach (Long Beach. N.Y.) senior attackman Connor Sofield has announced his verbal commitment to play men's lacrosse at Holy Cross.

Sofield, a 2012 graduate, joins midfielder Joe Reilly from Chaminade (Mineola, N.Y.) and Clay Haarmann from Delbarton (Delbarton, N.J.) as Holy Cross verbal commitments.

Sofield totaled 52 points last season, scoring 34 goals and adding 18 assists.

Holy Cross is a Division I program, located in Worcester, Mass. and plays in the Patriot League.

ESPN High School: What other schools did you consider?

Connor Sofield: “As the process progressed, my top choices changed somewhat after visiting campuses, meeting the coaching staff, and speaking to players. But throughout the process it was always important to me to attend a college with a reputation for strong academics and an active and supportive alumni. In my junior year I was primarily interested Dartmouth, Holy Cross, Brown, Yale, Tufts, Amherst, and Middlebury.”

EHS: What made Holy Cross such an attractive choice?

CS: “Holy Cross was an extremely attractive choice for me because it met the standards I was looking for, and it was a D-I program. When I first visited in the beginning of the 2011 season, Coach Morrissey was the assistant coach. While I felt the school would be a good fit, it wasn't in my top three choices at the time. However, with the announcement that Coach Morrissey became the interim head coach for the second half of the season and later became the official head coach, Holy Cross once again immediately became an extremely attractive prospect for me.”

EHS: What surprised you about the recruiting process?

CS: “In my junior year, the speed in which the recruiting process begins and ends surprised me. By the time coaches can contact you directly according to NCAA rules, it was a matter of weeks before I made my final decision to verbally commit to Holy Cross.”

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

CS: “Throughout the entire process I always asked, "Where do you see me as a player on your team and do you see me as an active contributor?" It was very important for me to given the opportunity to actively contribute as a player on the field.”

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

CS: “I would encourage other players to proactively reach out to many college coaches. Visit the colleges you are considering and walk around the campus. It helps you to get a good feel for whether or not the college is a good fit for you. I would also emphasize the need to be the best student possible. You want to put yourself in the best position academically so that the more selective schools can recruit you to play for them if you fit their needs.”

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

CS: “The recruiting process can be a great experience if you keep your options open and explore all opportunities. Meeting players and coaches from across the country and visiting different towns and cities make what can be a daunting process very exciting. I think as a young athlete to some degree the process starts too soon. A player's skills, physical development and maturity aren't fully realized as a sophomore or even a junior. I think too many student athletes feel pressured to commit early and often they make decisions that they later regret. A lot can happen in two years and a decision you make as a sophomore may not always be the best decision for you by the time you are a senior. I also believe some very talented players from lesser known programs can get overlooked in the recruiting process.”

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