Cold Spring Harbor senior, Ben Bruno, has committed to play lacrosse at Amherst College next fall. The midfielder from Huntington is preparing to play his final high school season following the spring’s cancellation due to coronavirus. But until he can step back on the field again, let’s hear about his plans for becoming a future Amherst Mammoth.
Q: What about Amherst College and its lacrosse program helped you decide it was the right school for you?
A: I knew Amherst College was the place for me when I first stepped foot on campus. The Campus is beautiful and has an amazing town. What made Amherst lacrosse program stand out is their winning culture, and the my ability to make an impact on the team, and hopefully see playing time, my freshman year. Also, my older brother Jacob is going there. The ability to play with him for another three years was also a big factor on my decision.
Q: Are there any areas in your game that you’re working on to be even better at the college level?
A: I’m definitely looking to improve my game on the offensive end of the field. I have always been a defensive minded midfielder, but over the last couple of seasons I found a rhythm offensively that Im looking to improve on as I move on to the college level.
Q: Have you always played midfield? What about this position has made you stick to it?
A: I actually started out playing defense early on in my career. I transition over to midfield around the 6th grade. The ability to play both sides of the ball, and be able to run up and down the field has been the main reason I fell in love with this position.
Q: How did you get into lacrosse and how long have you been playing for?
A: One of my best friends’ dad played in college, and got me into the sport at an early age. I have been playing lacrosse as long as I can remember. I believe I started playing as early as kindergarten.
Q: When you’re not on the lacrosse field, what else are you likely to spend your time doing?
A: If I’m not playing lax, I spend most of my time working out, studying, and spending time with my brothers.
Q: Who are some of the people that have helped attribute to your success?
A: Almost every coach I have played under in every sport has shaped me into the player and person I am today. More importantly, however, is my family. They have always helped me battle back from injuries, and pushed me to be the best version of myself on and off the field.
Q: What are you most looking forward to when you take the lacrosse field in college?
A: I’m looking forward to becoming a part of another brotherhood that I will cherish for the rest of my life. Having the ability to have 40 friends as soon as I step on campus is something that not everyone gets to have, and I am very lucky to be able to have that.
Q: How do you feel your style of play will fit into Amherst’s system?
A: Amherst is a team that loves to play fast and physical. That’s how I have tried to play my entire life. I feel that because of this I will fit in very well into the system Coach Devoe is putting together.
Q: Playing for an elite high school program like Cold Spring Harbor’s, do you feel like that has helped and will continue to help you be more ready to play at the college level?
A: Yes, Coach Bonn always preaches about doing the little things right. I feel that is something that is even more important at the college level that in high school. I think if I continue to do the little things throughout my college career, I’ll have a lot of success.
Q: What are some of the individual goals or team goals that you would like to accomplish at Amherst?
Individually, I would love to play all four years I am at Amherst. I know that is a difficult goal to accomplish. But If I put the work in and grind every day, I think I can do it. A team goal is to win a National Championship. Amherst came very close to winning a couple of years ago. The other recruits and I have made it our goal to put Amherst back in the national championship game and win.