(Photo Courtesy of Leading Edge)
Joe Alberechi and the Army West Point Black Knights have landed a commitment out of the Garden State, as Wall, N.J., midfielder Matt Dollive announced on Wednesday night that he would be taking his talents to West Point. He announced his decision via Instagram.
He was also in contact with Bryant, Fairfield, Providence, Rutgers, Sacred Heart, Towson, and UMass.
Dollive is the 10th overall commitment in the class for the Black Knights and fifth midfielder.
“Army is the complete package. Both on and off the field, West Point offers nothing but the best,” Dollive told Lacrosse Bucket. “Between it being one of the most prestigious schools academically, and one of the best lacrosse programs in the country, there is no opportunity out there quite like West Point.”
Army offensive coordinator Justin Ward initially contacted Dollive in July. The midfielder mentioned that he has been in contact with all three coaches at Army on a pretty regular basis.
While in-person recruiting and visits are still off the table due to the recruiting dead period implemented by the NCAA, Dollive has been able to take a vitural tour of West Point. ” Coach Alberici, Coach Ward, and Coach Georgalas lead my Dad and I through on a virtual tour around the campus. Even though I wasn’t physically on campus, they did a great job of making it feel as if I was.” Dollive said.
The 6-foot-1, 175-pound midfielder can play both ways. On film, he shows an ability to be an effective dodger, the ability to get his hands free, and how to be physical and use his body. He is a two-sport athlete, also playing football.
Dollive said that he really wants to focus on improving in every aspect of his game. “Whether that’s hitting at the wall for 30 minutes, or getting a lift in. Definitely going to be putting in a lot of work this off season to put myself in the best position possible.”
Coming into the 2021 season, he is focusing on controlling what he can control and continue to improve. “This year, I’m just trying to get better each and every day. Going to do my best to control what I can control, work ethic and the choices I make,” Dollive said. “I am Looking forward to a successful spring season with Wall High School, and a great summer with my Leading Edge team.”