Incoming junior and Sachem North Lacrosse player Michael Calvagna has verbally committed to playing for Stony Brook University, according to his coach, Jason Mauro.
Mauro informed Patch yesterday via email that Calvagna will play for the Seawolves when he enters college in the fall of 2014.
Calvagna is considered one of the best faceoff specialists in Suffolk County. With his work at the midfield circle this past season, Sachem North won more than 61% of its faceoffs.
"Mike is a great kid with a tremendous work ethic," Mauro stated in an email. "He is always working to improve himself. He is also a very coachable kid."
Calvagna was an All-Star at the Long Island Lacrosse Fest, and was voted MVP of the Nassau vs. Suffolk Rising Juniors game, where he won 23 out of 25 faceoffs, according to Mauro.
In an interview with Laxlessons.com, Calvagna said he decided to choose Stony Brook after visiting the campus and learning that they had everything he wanted academically as well as in the locker room.
"Coach (Jim) Nagle and his staff made me feel comfortable about fitting into their program," Calvagna said in the interview. "It is also close enough to home for my family to come and watch me play."
Sachem North grabbed the No. 4 seed in the division and in its opening round of the playoffs this season before losing the next round to West Islip. West Islip went on to win the state championship against Ithaca High School.
Ed. Note: In an earlier version of this story we had Calvagna noted as an incoming senior. In fact, Calvagna is an incoming junior. We regret the error.