YONKERS, N.Y. -- Archbishop Stepinac's Andrew Murray has committed to Manhattanville College where he plans to play lacrosse and basketball beginning next fall.
Murray, a Yonkers resident and three-sport athlete at Stepinac, announced his college choice Tuesday. The honors student opted for the Purchase school so he could play two sports.
Murray chose from several schools that showed interest including Johnson and Wales University, SUNY Oneonta, Dominican College, Centenary, CUNY and Mount Saint Vincent.
"The main factors in my decision was the fact that I would be able to play both basketball and lacrosse," Murray said. "I love both and will be able to put as much work as I can into becoming the best player in those sports."
Murray's decision makes it easier for him to be close to family and friends.
"I would be able to commute to school and still also be with my family who would be able to see my games a lot more," Murray said. "I would like my parents to see me play. Another factor was I think Manhattanville College is a great academic match for me and can help me excel in my academics."
The senior star says his father Steve has been his greatest influence and offered a plan and options during the decision-making process. His mother Dolores and older brother will be following his college career close up.
"My father helped me so much in the process," he said. "I can't thank him enough for all he has done for me. He told me that it's my decision and no one else's. I love my father. My entire family was also an influence and they would love to see me play. My mindset will always be family first."
Having proven he could juggle three sports and his academics, Murray is poised to continue his success in college. Her said the full year-round approach to multiple sports made him stronger.
"It's been hard to play three sports, but I like being busy and productive," Murray said. "I was always pressured to get my homework done after practice and study. Playing all three also got me in shape for each sport. It was a lot of sleep and preparation for each day with school and sports but I did what I had to do to succeed on and off the field."
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