Andover's Marshall on UNC: 'It stood out'

Andover lacrosse rising sophomore defenseman Alexander Marshall recently gave his commitment to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, his father David told ESPN Boston.

Marshall, also a varsity player on the Golden Warriors' football and basketball teams, was considering Johns Hopkins, Maryland and Virginia at the time of his commitment.

The 6-foot-6, 220-pounder also plays with the Laxachusetts club team and participated in the Adrenaline NSCLA, Legacy Invitational and Philly Showcase tournaments this summer.

The news of Marshall's commitment was first reported by Danny Ventura of the Boston Herald.

We caught up with Marshall to talk about his college decision:

On the recruiting trail: “I think playing with Laxachusetts really gave me good exposure. It really was at the NSCLA tournament that a bunch of the Division 1 coaches started talking to me and taking notice. A lot of them saw me play there [in Pennsylvania].”

On choosing UNC: “It stood out to me right away when we arrived. I just loved it. I really liked it for the business school and the good athletics; I wanted a place that had both. I know the business school is ranked pretty highly by Bloomberg, so it was a school I was looking at from the beginning. It was one of the top schools on my radar. With the lacrosse program, it was great. But Coach [Joe] Breschi is what really sold it. All the schools were great that we visited, but he really preaches ‘Family, Academics, Lacrosse’ and I really like that philosophy.”

On what he hopes to improve in his high school career: “I work every day on the little things -- stick skills, foot work – all the things I think I have to do to be all that much better at the college level.”

On the upcoming football season: “I’m done with the summertime tournaments for now, so I’m back into football. It should be a good season. We should have a good competition at quarterback coming in, so we’re excited to get back on the field in a couple weeks.”