As the title of this post states, Yorktown goalie Michael Bonitatibus has decided to attend Loyola beginning next fall. The decision came down to Albany and Loyola. Michael’s older brother, Rocky, is a freshman on the lacrosse team at Albany and the team is coached by Scott Marr, the brother of Yorktown’s coach Dave Marr.
Still, Michael picked Loyola. Congratulations to him. He’s a great goalie and just as important (ok, only to me) an engaging interview.
Here’s what Michael had to say about his decision:
So, why Loyola instead of Albany?
I thought it was a better fit despite my brother being up in Albany. I thought it would be more fun. it’s friendly and inclusive.
(Yorktown coach) Dave Marr’s brother, Scott, is the coach at Albany. Was it tough to turn Albany down?
That was definitely one of tte major factors but [Dave Marr] is totally happy for me and my decision.
What did you like so much about Loyola?
It really was just the atmosphere. Lacrosse is everywhere. And I have a bunch of friends down in that area.
This should be quite a year for Yorktown. The whole defense is going to Division I schools. How much are you looking forward to this upcoming season?
We’re definitely closer as a family this year and I just think our defense is going to be unstoppable. We work so well together and we’re always all on the same page.
What skills do you feel like you can best bring to the college game? What part of your game do you feel the most confident in right now?
My clearing game. And also my attitude toward lacrosse. I’m a fun-loving, happy-go-lucky type of guy who brings that attitude toward the game. I have no worries.
How long have you been thinking about playing lacrosse in college?
I’ve been playing for so long, since second grade. This is a big thing for me. When I was little, I used to be a frontrunner with all the big teams and rooting for them, but as I’ve gotten older, I realized that every place has something special. And I think that about Loyola. There are great guys down there and it’s overall a great college.
How about breaking the news to Rocky? Was he disappointed?
He definitely wanted me to go to Albany with him, so it was hard. I had to let someone down.