Mount Sinai junior Nick Jaferis loves to play lacrosse and works hard all the time in order to get better. Ever since being introduced to the game, his love for the sport has grown tremendously. “So, I grew up in Rocky Point, right down the road from coach [Drumm] and he inspired me to get a stick in my hand. He pushed me and I have played lacrosse ever since.”
With the hard work that Jaferis has been putting in during the off-season, he knows he is a top defender, and this includes having an important leadership role.
“I think I’m a great off ball communicator. I bring a lot to team defense and situations in six on six where I have to be a leader. I think I am a great leader on the defensive side of the ball.”
Jaferis is also aware that when it comes to playing defense, it is the most important position on the field in order to win each game.
“Like the saying defense wins championships. Just stopping the other team from scoring. If you can stop more goals than they can, you win the game.”
One of the big reasons that Jaferis has been able to improve his game is the time he has spent with the Team 91 Bandits. Ever since joining the Bandits, Jaferis has been able to face some of the best players on Long Island.
“The competition is unbelievable. Practice is at a high level, high energy and during the winters we practice at least three times a week at the Stony Brook indoor dome. That is a great opportunity for me to practice, improve and play against the best players that are out there.”
With all this time Jaferis has spent with the Bandits and his high school team, he has been playing against some amazing competition. Since his game is at another level, college coaches wanted him to be a part of their program. After going through the recruitment process, Jaferis has decided to commit to Binghamton University. A big reason for his early commitment is head coach Keith McKeown.
“On my visit there, he made me feel like home. The way that he carries himself, his nature, the way he coaches his guys up. I knew I wanted to play for him and that was the right place for me.”
Since he is committed to Binghamton, Jaferis will be playing in the America East Conference and will be facing teams like NJIT, Howard University, and Stony Brook. Although the competition is fierce, Jaferis is ready to play against some of the best division one players in the country.
“I think it it just great competition and just want to beat them all. It is just a great opportunity to play lacrosse at the next level.”
Before heading to Binghamton in two years, Jaferis still has a lot of time left at Mount Sinai High School. With the goal of winning championships, he will do anything possible to make sure that happens. He will also take this time to improve his game even more and cement himself as one of the best players to play for Mount Sinai.