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Farmingdale's Samantha Brescia commits to UMass

Farmingdale's Samantha Brescia heads up field against Wantagh

Farmingdale's Samantha Brescia heads up field against Wantagh in a March 21, 2012 game. Credit: Dave Anderson (MSG Varsity)

There must be something to having Mass. appeal. After all, there seems to be an impending Mass. exodus in regards to girls lacrosse.

(Apologies for the puns.)

Farmingdale’s Samantha Brescia last week made a verbal commitment to UMass, joining a slew of other Long Island girls who have chosen to play lacrosse at Massachusetts.

Brescia, a defender/midfielder entering her junior year at Farmingdale High School, said UMass became her top choice almost immediately after a recruiting visit in April.

“The first time I stepped onto the campus, I had a feeling this is where I’d end up,” said Brescia, whose brother, Carl, plays football at Merrimack. “I fell in love with the campus and coaches, and other schools never could compare to it.”

And possibly forming a small Long Island legion in the northeast might be an added benefit. Katie Boden (Shoreham-Wading River), Meghan Breen (Sacred Heart), Mary Pat Theofield (Northport), Meaghan Kollmeier (Northport) and Taylor Fischer (Comsewogue) are also headed to the University of Massachusetts.

Brescia, a starter since making varsity as a freshman, received all-county honorable mention this season after helping lead the Dalers to a seventh straight Nassau championship. She also was a member of last year’s Yellow Jackets team that won an Under-15 national championship, and she has competed in the Brine National All-American Classic. That’s in addition to playing varsity soccer and basketball and being a member of the school’s national honor society.

UMass last season went 19-2, reaching the NCAA Tournament for the third time in four years. It’s also regarded as one the top 100 universities in the country, according to several published academic rankings.

The school, Brescia said, “has exactly what I’m looking for academically and has a strong lacrosse program that I now can’t wait to be part of.”

But patience is a virtue. Ya know, she does still have a whole two years of high school ahead of her.

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