Dylan Pallonetti has been a standout on Long Island for years. After an impressive High School career, he’s ready to make his mark on the college game and challenge himself at one of the most storied college lacrosse programs, the University of Maryland. The LILJ recently caught up with Dylan to see how he was doing and get his perspective on what’s to come in his college career, on and off the field.
Q: How has the adjustment been to college?
It has been great. The captains and upperclassmen are very supportive and available, making the transition easier.
Q: What’s the biggest difference between the high school game and the college game in your eyes?
The game is a lot faster and the talent on my team is tremendous.
Q: Why Maryland?
The school offers a great lacrosse program, academics and I love the small city feel of the campus, as well as the coaches and support staff.
Q: What other schools were you considering?
I spoke to several schools which offered many of the same options – making it a tough decision.
Q: Who was the toughest defensemen you went against in High School?
Fortunately, one of the toughest defenseman I was lucky enough to train against and have as a teammate for 3 years was Alex Mazzone.
Q: What is the goal in your freshman season at Maryland?
My goal is to find my role and contribute by pushing myself and my teammates in practice and in the weight room.
Q: Where do you see yourself after college and does lacrosse play a role?
That is tough to say as I’m not sure what my plans are after college – I have not yet declared a major but do know that I am passionate about lacrosse and hope to on some level keep it in my future.
Q: What was the best advice you ever received?
Best advice – constantly strive to push to the next level. Never get comfortable.