Farmingdale High School senior midfielder, Thomas Decker, committed to play Division I lacrosse for UAlbany’s Great Danes. Decker has played boy’s varsity lacrosse and football at Farmingdale HS, which has helped elevate his game.
Q: What about UAlbany and its lacrosse program helped you decide it was the right school for you?
A: One thing that stood out about UAlbany was its importance of being like a family. They stress to their guys that you’re not just teammates. Even when you graduate, you will always be part of the Albany family.
Q: How did you get into lacrosse and how long have you been playing for?
A: I first got into lacrosse in 2nd grade. My friends started doing these 4v4 clinics and I wanted to join in and I’ve loved it ever since.
Q: When you’re not on the lacrosse field, what else are you likely to spend your time doing?
A: When I’m not on the field, you can either find me in the gym or hanging with friends. My friends and I love to get outside and compete against each other. Whether its pick-up basketball or spike ball, or anything else really we’re always competing.
Q: Who’s your biggest role model either in the sport or outside of lacrosse?
A: Besides my parents, my biggest role model would be my Grandpa. He never let anything get him down and he never stopped fighting.
Q: What is one thing you can’t live without?
A: I would probably say the gym. No matter how old you are, or where you’re at, you can always improve. You can always push to get stronger and I just really like to see improvement in my strength and body.
Q: What is your go-to IPhone app?
A: My go-to app is Spotify. I love to listen to music. I have a wide variety of music I like. You can always put on music and your mood can just change.
Q: Have you always played middie? What about this position has made you stick to it?
A: I’ve played middie my entire life. I think the fact that middies can have an impact on offense and on defense is why I have stuck with it.
Q: What are you looking forward to most about the next upcoming season?
I’m mostly looking forward to this upcoming season because I think the Dalers will have a big 2020 season. Last year, we were heartbroken when the spring season was cancelled. As a senior, I get to play with the kids I grew up playing PAL lacrosse with. This is the season we dreamed about as kids and I think we’ll make a big run this year.
Q: Are there any particular coaches or teammates that have taught you valuable lessons about the sport of lacrosse or life that you frequently keep in mind?
A: I think all of my coaches in every sport have helped shape who I am as a player and person. For example, Coach Dunne has taught me the importance of details and getting the little things right. My PAL coach growing up, Coach Mike Ciaccio, taught me what its like to compete and wear that Dalers jersey.
Q: How has your time playing for FLG helped you improve your game or helped you get to play on a collegiate level?
A: Deciding to play with FLG was one of the best decisions I’ve made. The staff’s knowledge of the game at FLG is like no other. They know what it takes to play at the next level. They also have connections with tons of college coaches and helped me be seen and get my name out there.