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Mike Pressler and the Bryant Bulldogs landed a commitment in the class of 2022 on Thursday, as St. Margaret’s Episcopal, Calif., midfielder Matt Groeninger verbaled to the Bulldogs, following in the footsteps of his older brother, Kevin, who is a sophomore midfielder for the Bulldogs.
The Golden State native is the seventh commitment in the class for Bryant and the second from California, joining Granite Bay defenseman Jackson Degner.
“I really like the coaching staff at Bryant and I am very excited to play for Coach Pressler,” Groeninger told Lacrosse Bucket. “I am also interested in studying business and Bryant has a very good business program…My brother has had a lot of great things to say about the school and I have met a bunch of his teammates as well.”
While in-person recruiting and visits are still off the table due to the recruiting dead period implemented by the NCAA, Groeninger has been able to get up to Providence and see campus.
The Bulldogs originally reached out to Groeninger since September 1st, which was the first day that college coaches could contact, 2022 recruits.
During the shortened 2020 spring season, Groeninger tallied 13 points (9G/4A) in just three games. On film, the 6-foot-1, 170-pound midfielder, who is a dual-sport athlete also playing soccer, shows strong ability to operate up top as more of a downhill dodger. He also has a pretty hard shot and good ranger, and knows how to make that extra pass.
Groeninger said that some areas of his game that he wants to improve, includes speed of the game and shooting. “I am looking to improve the overall speed of my game. Also, I would like to improve my step down shooting and I would like to add some creativity and craftiness to my game.”
While the promise of a spring season is more up in the air in California than in most states, the midfielder said that if they do get to have a season he wants to help lead his team to a second straight Southern section title and for his stats (goals, assists) to be more balanced.