PRLB Q&A Series: Millbrook Prep (NY) 2020 FO/M Thomas Burke (Committed to Vermont)
Where did you commit to?
The University of Vermont
What’s the best holiday gift you’ve ever gotten?
I’d have to say the Powerbeats headphones I got last Christmas are the best holiday gift I’ve ever got. Whenever I’m training for lacrosse or working out those headphones are lights out. They stay in place, have super solid sound and are sweatproof.
Are you a Junior or Senior in High School?
Where do you go to High school?
Millbrook Prep (NY)
What position do you play?
“The man on top of the mountain didn’t fall there.” -Vince Lombardi
What Made You Decide to Commit to this College/University?
The University of Vermont was exactly what I was looking for during the recruiting process. It has stellar academics, a great lacrosse program and a campus that I absolutely fell in love with. The coaching staff made me feel extremely welcome and it immediately felt like home to me.
How would you describe the recruiting process?
Initially, it was a bit stressful as my family and I had never gone through it before, however, after we started to narrow down our list to where we truly wanted tour, the process became a lot easier. After receiving calls from various schools we decided to narrow down our list more and more until we knew what schools we were most interested in. Since, I was in 9th grade I had always wanted to go to Vermont and when they called I was absolutely thrilled, however, my parents emphasized the importance of seeing another school to make sure I knew Vermont was right for me. As soon as I stepped on campus at Vermont it felt like home and after touring another school I was even more confident in my decision.
What’s your favorite?
What kind of sticks do you play with?
I usually tend to use Nike CEO’s and a traditional metal shaft.
High School season Outlook?
We are looking to compete heavily in the New England Prep League vs some top tier talent. We’ve brought in a few new student athletes that will also be playing Division 1 College Lacrosse. All in all, the team is looking solid.
What do you want to major in?
Most likely, business.
What are your hobbies?
Tennis and hiking.
What’s it like being a high school lacrosse player ?
It’s a really exciting time to be a high school lacrosse player. The game continues to grow and talent continues to rise.
Anybody you would like to Thank?
I owe a huge thank you to the entire Edge organization. They took a chance on me and gave me endless opportunities. I’d specifically like to thank all of my teammates, Mr. Tsang, Mr. Brown, Coach Gardner, Mr. Naysmith and all of the Edge parents who allowed me to stay with them in their hotels when my parents couldn’t come up. I’d like to thank my high school Coach, Coach Williams, for all of his help through this process. I’d also like to thank the Faceoff Academy Coaches, Coach Gurenlian, Coach Ragonese and Coach Fowler for all they’ve done to improve my game. Lastly, I want to thank my parents for their endless support and all they’ve done for me.