New Hartford’s Liam Ronan bound for Stony Brook

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New Hartford is sending another lacrosse player to Stony Brook.

Liam Ronan has committed to play for the Seawolves once his days at Don Edick Field come to a close.

“It’s been something I’ve been looking forward to ever since 8th grade,” Ronan said.  “The program is good and I really liked the guys on my visit.”

By choosing to go to Stony Brook, Ronan was forced to decline offers from several other schools, including the University of North Carolina.

“That was hard because (North Carolina) is a team you see on TV all the time,” he said.  “They didn’t have an academic program that I was interested in.  It was rough to say no, but it had to be done.”

Ronan has been a four-year starter on defense under head coach Dan Pope, and has played a major role in the Spartans’ Tri-Valley League domiance.

“I think (Stony Brook) is getting a great player and a great leader,” Pope said.  “I think he’s really matured and he has a good feel for what’s necessary on a team.”

Ronan will be joining his former teammate at New Hartford Mike Fiorentino, who recently wrapped up his freshman season with the Seawolves.

“He’s a great kid and a great player,” Ronan said.  “Honestly, I can’t wait.”

Playing together at the college level though was never the plan.

“I made my decision pretty much right as he made his,” Ronan said.  “It was kind of a surprise to both of us when he ended up going there (with me), but it was a nice surprise.”

Ronan credits his time in New Hartford for turning him into the player he’s become.

“I don’t know where I’d be without it,” he said.  “Coach Pope has kind of created and molded me.  The guys here have been great and I honestly don’t want it to end.”

Ronan and the Spartans have two more regular season games before the sectional playoffs get underway.

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