CN: You still have two full years of high school lacrosse to complete, what have you been doing to get prepared for the upcoming season(s)?
Romano: One thing I do every single day no matter what is play wall ball. Another thing I try to do as much as possible is practice shooting; mostly shooting on the run as it is a big part of my game. My high school team, Episcopal School of Dallas (ESD), lost in the state championship game in 2013 and that motivates me as well.
CN: What are some things you feel the need to improve upon as a player?
Romano: My off-hand is something I can work on along with my inside finishing. I certainly try to improve every aspect of my game to try to be the best player I can be. My high school coach Pat Kennedy (who played lacrosse at Syracuse) always tells me to "never be satisfied" and I really think that phrase has strengthened me as a player.
CN: What do you consider your strengths?
Romano: I believe my strengths are my speed, vision, defensive footwork, and my ability to shoot.
CN: How would you describe yourself as a player?
Romano: I like to describe myself as a dodging middie with the ability to shoot.
CN: Do you play on any summer lacrosse leagues?
Romano: I've played on multiple club teams, but currently play for Iron Horse for coach Chris Surran (former Syracuse lacrosse goalie and MVP of the 1993 final four).
CN: You're from a state – Texas – that is on the continual up-and-up in terms of lacrosse, how have you seen this state, your high school team, etc. grow when it comes to this sport?
Romano: It is truly amazing to see the rapid growth of Texas lacrosse. ESD in 2013 was an exciting team because we had 7 college commits and a lot of great players. ESD is an established program in the state and has won three state championships. More and more HS programs are hiring full-time coaches and attracting big names from around the country.
CN: What was the overall recruiting process like for you?
Romano: I think like every other kid my experience was unique. My dad is from Auburn, N.Y. So I grew up bleeding Orange and cheering for Syracuse in every sport. Syracuse was always my number one choice and I truly feel blessed that I will have the opportunity to wear the Orange jersey.
CN: What did you learn about the experience early on? How was your visit(s) to campus?
Romano: I learned that the Division 1 lacrosse recruiting calendar has been accelerated from years past. I visited twice. The first time in the summer of 2012. The second time was in the fall of 2012. After meeting and getting to know many of the players, coaches, and staff members I was able to see the family environment that the Syracuse Lacrosse program has to offer.
CN: What other schools were you considering?
Romano: Maryland, Duke, and Ohio State
CN: Who helped you when it came to sorting through everything, You were fairly young going through a pretty big recruiting process, no?
Romano: Fortunately, I really couldn't make a bad choice because all of the schools I considered were great places, but Coach Surran and Coach Kennedy were very helpful throughout the process and I'm very thankful for that.
CN: Since you've committed, there have been some other notable rising juniors that have also verballed, including Nick Mellen (West Genesee, N.Y.), Adrian Nash (Tully, N.Y.), and Riley O'Sullivan (Don Bosco Prep, NJ). Do you know any guys from the class? Have you played alongside them? If so, who? What was the experience like for you?
Romano: I've heard great things about each of the commits as both players and individuals. I played with Riley O'Sullivan the summer after my freshman year at the Maverik Showtime camp, but that was before either of us committed. I've been in communication with a couple of guys. I think it's really cool to already know who is going to be your teammates and I really look forward to playing at the 'Cuse with them.
Q & A with Sam Romano
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