Commitments

Kathryn Toohey (2020) – Penn State University

Team: 2020 Blue

Position: Midfield

High School: Garnet Valley High School

College: Penn State University (D1, Big 10)

Why PSU?: “I love Penn State, the big campus atmosphere and it’s location in the mountains. PSU has been my dream school for a long time and I knew it could challenge me both athletically and academically. When I met the coaches and the team, I was sure it was the school for me. I loved the team’s chemistry and everyone’s determination to strive for greatness.”

What’s your favorite part of playing for Blast?: “My favorite part is having the opportunity to get better and learn something new every practice. The coaches are so helpful and really try to challenge you to learn new techniques! I also really enjoy playing with my 2020 teammates every fall and summer season – it has been awesome getting to know so many different people!” 

What advice would you give to younger Blast players beginning the recruiting process?: “Keep an open mind about the process and the schools you visit. Try to visit as many schools as possible and don’t be afraid to get to know the players and coaches.”

What other colleges were you considering?: Hopkins, Loyola, Florida, Navy

Achievements, other sports or activities, etc: Honor Roll 2014, 2015; Distinguished Honor Roll 2016; 2016 Maximum Exposure All-Star Team; 2016 Under Armour All-America Underclassmen Philly Team; 2016 3D Fall Freshmen Camp All-Star Team; Selected 2015 girls Pennsylvania Brine lacrosse team

Additional Comments: I would like to thank my coach Josie for helping me find the school for me. She has been so helpful throughout the process. I don’t know where I would be without her. Also, I would like to thank my older sister for her encouragement and being there when I needed her. In addition, I would like to thank my parents for always being by my side and supporting me as I made my decision. 

 

Devin Taulane (2019) – High Point University

Team: 2019 Blue

Position: Defense

High School: Garnet Valley High School

College: High Point University (D1, Big South)

Why HPU?: “I chose High Point because it had everything I had wished for in a school. I knew it could challenge me both academically and athletically. When I met the coaches and players, I knew right away it was the place for me. The competitive nature of the team and their drive for success is something I look forward to being a part of.”

What’s your favorite part of playing for Blast?: “My favorite part of playing Philly Blast lacrosse is the players and coaches. My club coach Josie Ferri has helped me improve my lacrosse skills and really helped me through the recruiting process. I love playing with my teammates because they are all very talented and it makes me work harder to become a better player.”

What advice would you give to younger Blast players beginning the recruiting process?: “Look at as many schools as possible. When you find one you are interested in, spend time with the players and coaches to make sure it’s the right fit for you!”

What other colleges were you considering?: Drexel, Bryant, VCU, Fresno State

Achievements, other sports or activities, etc: Varsity & Club Volleyball

Additional Comments: “I would like to thank my club coach Josie Ferri for helping me through my recruiting process and improving my skills. None of this would be possible without the help and guidance I have gotten from her. I look forward to having Josie as my coach for the next two years of my high school career as I know she will help me improve my game and prepare me for college. I would also like to thank Coach Purvis, and Coach Grossi for supporting me through Garnet Valley. Coach Purvis drives me to become a better player each day. I’m happy to be a part of such a competitive program at Garnet Valley High school. Thank you Coach Mckee, Mclaughlin, and Kalsih for coaching me during my days at BYC. You have taught me the fundamentals of the game and made it fun to play and to love the game! I would also like to thank my teammates at Garnet Valley and Blast for pushing me to become a better player and teaching me what its like to really become a close team. I would like to thank my brothers Joseph and Matt for introducing me to lacrosse at such a young age. I am your biggest fan! Also, my parents for always being there through the wins and losses and encouraging me to be a better player and have fun in the game. I cannot wait until my years at High Point and I know they will be my biggest fans sitting on the sidelines cheering me on!”

 

Juliana George (2019) – Virginia Commonwealth University

Team: 2019 Blue

Position: Attack

High School: Penncrest High School

College: Virginia Commonwealth University, “VCU” (D1, Atlantic 10)

Why VCU?: “I chose VCU for many reasons. First, I love the city of Richmond. Academically, they have a wide range of majors to choose from. Athletically, they are starting a new women’s lacrosse program and I am excited to help contribute to building that program, The coaches are AWESOME and really energized about the future of VCU’s lacrosse team.”

What’s your favorite part of playing for Blast?: “I really like playing for Philly Blast because of how competitive it is. I love that Philly Blast has the best coaching staff – they taught me basically everything I know about lacrosse today. I also have made some of the best friendships on my Philly Blast team, both on and off the field.”

What advice would you give to younger Blast players beginning the recruiting process?: “For the younger blast players now starting the recruiting process, I would say to make a detailed list of exactly what you want in a college. Also start visiting colleges early so when you get to the end you don’t have to cram in all the visits at once!”

What other colleges were you considering?: Duquesne, Drexel, Lasalle, Mount Saint Marys

Achievements, other sports or activities, etc: Honor roll every year, Varsity Soccer, Top Scorer Award Recipient, Varsity Lacrosse (only freshmen to make & start on varsity)

Additional Comments: “First, I want to thank my Blast and high school coaches for supporting me through my process. I want to thank my Dad for keeping me in line and making sure I did everything I needed to during the recruiting process, for going to all my games, driving me to all my visits… even when they were all in one week and he had to take the whole week off of work!! I’d also like to thank the rest of my family for always giving me advice and supporting me through everything. Lastly and most importantly, Josie!! She has guided me through this whole thing right beside me, helping me with every word I would need to say to a coach and anything else you could think of. I want to thank her for all her patience through this. She guided me every step of the way and I would for sure not be where I am today without her.”

 

Lindsey Barnes (2019) – High Point University

Team: 2019 Blue

Position: Defense

High School: Academy of Notre Dame de Namur

College: High Point University (D1, Big South)

Why High Point?: “I chose High Point because of the amazing mix of academics and athletics. You can do what you love while also receiving an education at the highest level. As I walked on campus for the first time, I knew it was where I wanted to be. Everyone was so welcoming and enthusiastic about their school and program. “

What’s your favorite part of playing for Blast?: “My favorite part of Philly Blast is that every coach, no matter if they are your team’s coach or not, cares for your individual needs as a player. Everyone on the staff is so helpful and welcoming. We are always challenged to be our best selves in this program, and I am so happy I play for such a unique team!”

What advice would you give to younger Blast players beginning the recruiting process?: “That everything will work out and to take your time! Do not speed up your process just to get it over with or because someone else’s is. Good things take time so believe in yourself and find the best school for you!”

What other colleges were you considering?: Fairfield, Lafayette, Drexel, Quinnipiac and Mount Saint Mary’s

Achievements, other sports or activities, etc: Under Armour Team Command Division, Under Armour Prodigy Camp, National Tournament Philly Team 3, Brine Tournament Team, Warrior National Prospect Invitee, Notre Dame Varsity Lacrosse & Field Hockey

Additional Comments: “I want to thank Josie for everything. She is what made this all possible and I would not be where I am without her!  I want to thank my parents for selflessly putting me and my sport in front of a lot of things. They’re my biggest fans and I am so appreciative of them!”

 

Lindsay Walling (2019) – College of William & Mary

Team: 2019 Blue

Position: Midfield

High School: The Episcopal Academy

College: William & Mary (D1, Colonial Athletic Association)

Why William & Mary?: “I chose William and Mary because it is the perfect balance between an incredible education and the opportunity to play on a strong lacrosse program. Coach Fratzke, her coaching staff and the players made me feel so welcomed from my very first time on campus and I immediately could imagine myself there. I am so honored and excited to be apart of such an amazing team in the future. Go Tribe!”

What’s your favorite part of playing for Blast?: “My favorite part of playing Philly Blast is my team. We have all become so close after this fall and I can’t wait to see all that we can accomplish together in 2017. Playing with some of your best friends is really awesome!”

What advice would you give to younger Blast players beginning the recruiting process?: “The recruiting process was very hard, but with hard work and determination everything will work out. The best piece of advice is staying open minded about schools that are interested in you. This allowed me to find the school perfect for me!”

What other colleges were you considering?: Rutgers, Georgetown

Achievements, other sports or activities, etc: EA Varsity Lacrosse (PA State Champs), Under Amour (Philly Command), Northstar team MVP, EA Varsity Field Hockey, EA Squash, Key Club, Model UN

Additional Comments: “I’d like to thank my parents for the endless amount of hours driving from lacrosse tournament to lacrosse tournament and always supporting and reassuring me. Thank you so much Coach Ferri for always believing in me. It was your confidence in me that allowed me to realize my potential. Last but not least, thank you to my teammates and friends who continuously encouraged me to reach for my goals.”

 

Michaela Haney (2019) – University of Pennsylvania

Team: 2019 Blue

Position: Defense

High School: Spring-Ford

College: University of Pennsylvania (D1, Ivy League)

Why UPenn?: “The University of Pennsylvania challenges me both on and off the field. It’s close enough to home so my family can come and watch my games and support me throughout my college career.”

What’s your favorite part of playing for Blast?: “My favorite part of playing Philly Blast Lacrosse is the coaching style and how much time the coaches put into every player.”

What advice would you give to younger Blast players beginning the recruiting process?: “I would tell younger blast players to take their time throughout the recruiting process and not to feel rushed!!”

What other colleges were you considering?: UNC, UConn, Stanford, Delaware and St. Joes

Achievements, other sports or activities, etc: National Tournament, Varsity Field Hockey, Honor Roll

Additional Comments: “Coach Josie Ferri has had a huge impact in my recruiting progress. I’m so thankful to be a part of Philly Blast and have this opportunity to attend such an amazing University.”

 

Phoebe Christos (2018) – Villanova University

Team: 2018 Blue

Position: Defense

High School: Episcopal Academy

College: Villanova University (D1, Big East)

Why Nova?: “I chose Villanova because of the amazing academics and awesome alumni network. I love the team, coaches, beautiful suburban campus and school spirit. Nova nation!!!”

What’s your favorite part of playing for Blast?: “My favorite part of playing Blast is my team. I have made so many friendships and I know we are going to stay friends for a really long time. We are like one big family!”

What advice would you give to younger Blast players beginning the recruiting process?: “My biggest advice would be to be patient. Everyone’s timeline is different. Just because all of your friends are committing, it doesn’t mean that you have to. All you need to do is focus on working hard and making yourself better. Believe in yourself!”

What other colleges were you considering?: University Pennsylvania, Boston University, Tufts, Trinity, Wesleyan

Additional Comments: “I want to thank Josie Ferri for always listening and being there for me throughout the recruiting process and for making me the player I am today. I could not have done it without all of your help! I also would like to thank Julie for giving me this opportunity- I could not be more excited! Thanks to my parents for driving me everywhere and teaching me how to advocate for myself, my younger brother for putting up with me and coming to all of my games, and my Auntie Kim who was always there to support me. Finally, I want to thank my Blast and EA teammates for being my best friends and making me the player and person I am today.”

 

Arianna Lavelle (2018) – Fairfield University

Team: 2018 Blue

Position: Attack

High School: Merion Mercy Academy

College: Fairfield University (D1, Metro Atlantic)

Why Fairfield?: “I chose to go to Fairfield because the first time I walked on campus I knew I could definitely see myself going there. It had everything I wanted in a college. I knew that Fairfield would challenge me both academically and athletically. The campus is beautiful and the lacrosse team really made me feel that this would be the place I could call home for the next four years of my life.”

What’s your favorite part of playing for Blast?: “Definitely my teammates. We have all grown so close throughout the years. I will always value the friendships I have made throughout my years in Philly Blast.”

What advice would you give to younger Blast players beginning the recruiting process?: “Some advice I would give to younger Blast players is to not rush into things. When you are considering going to a college take lacrosse out of the picture. If you can’t see yourself going there without playing lacrosse then thats okay theres still many options! This is a huge decision so you want to take your time.”

What other colleges were you considering?: ODU, St. Joes, Cincinnati, UNH

Additional Comments: “First,I would like to thank Coach Field and Coach Slifer for giving me this amazing opportunity. I would like to thank my club coach, Josie and my school coach Mr. Geary for forming me into the player that I am today and always pushing me to do my best.I would also like to thank my parents and sisters for always driving me to tournaments and being the best supporters. Last, I want to thank my blast and merion teammates for always pushing me to be the player I am and always having my back.”

 

Carleigh Goldstein (2018) – Elon University

Team: 2018 Blue

Position: Midfield/Defense

High School: Radnor High School

College: Elon University (D1, Colonial Athletic Association)

Why Elon?: “I fell in love with the school the first time I visited, and I feel like its a perfect fit academically and athletically. The team camaraderie and Coach Hexter’s philosophy are really important to me, as well as the unique educational opportunities offered.”

What’s your favorite part of playing for Blast?: “My teammates are probably my favorite part of Blast. I love all of them and I have made so many amazing friendships and memories! Having so many friends from different schools really makes my experience at Blast special!”

What advice would you give to younger Blast players beginning the recruiting process?: “To remember to have fun at prospect days and visits, even though they may be stressful and to stay positive throughout the process. Everyone has their own recruiting timeline, and everything will work out if you dedicate time and effort.”

What other colleges were you considering?: George Washington, William and Mary, St. Joes

Achievements, other sports or activities, etc: 2016 State Championship Finalist, 2016 Norlax Most Improved Player, National Tournament Team, Honor Roll, 3x Varsity Volleyball, 2x All-League Volleyball, Michael Breschi Foundation, Best Buddies, Speak Up

Additional Comments: “Thank you to Josie Ferri, Julie Young, and all of my all of my Blast coaches for always supporting and believing in me. Thank you to Brooke Fritz and all of the Radnor Lacrosse family for pushing me to be a better player. Thank you to my family and friends for the never ending support an love, especially my dad for being my biggest fan. You have always done everything you can to make me a better person and player, and I don’t know what I would do without your help.”

 

Caitlin Leap (2018) – Bloomsburg University

Team: 2018 Red

Position: Attack

High School: Perkiomen Valley

College: Bloomsburg University (D2, Pennsylvania State Athletics Conference)

Why Bloomsburg?: “I chose Bloomsburg for the great lacrosse program and the great academics. I feel as though I will be challenged to reach my highest potential on and off the field. I really fell in love with the campus and the coaching staff”

What’s your favorite part of playing for Blast?: “My favorite part of playing blast was the friendships I have made. We always knew if we worked hard together we could accomplish what we set out to do.”

What advice would you give to younger Blast players beginning the recruiting process?: “Be patient. Always keep your options open and your mind open! Dont try to rush it because things will all work out in the end. Constantly do whatever you can control by emailing and showcase youself. Just always be your best and play your best. If you have the opportunity, get on campus! It will really help with choosing where the best place for you is.”

What other colleges were you considering?: Erksine College, Stockton University

Achievements, other sports or activities, etc: Honor Roll, Brine All-American All-Star Team

Additional Comments: “I want to just say thank you to all my coaches, teammates, and parents. Thank you Josie Ferri and Julie Young for always pushing me to be the best player and person I could be. Thank you to Lisa Clark and Kathy Kelley for always seeing the best in me and believing in me. Lastly, Thank you Mom for being my biggest supporter no matter what!”

 

Ally Marino (2018) – Franklin & Marshall College

Team: 2018 Blue

Position: Attack

High School: The Episcopal Academy

College: Franklin & Marshall “F&M” (D3, Centennial Conference)

Why F&M?: “I chose F&M because of the amazing lacrosse program and great academics. F&M offers a chance to receive an excellent education while competing at the highest level of D3 lacrosse.”

What’s your favorite part of playing for Blast?: “My favorite part of playing for Philly Blast is by far my team! I have built some of the most amazing friendships from playing with these girls and couldn’t imagine Blast without them!”

What advice would you give to younger Blast players beginning the recruiting process?: “Keep an open mind! A school may express interest in you that you never would have thought about going to. Just visit the campus and make your judgement then!”

What other colleges were you considering?: Davidson, Bucknell, Gettysburg, Middlebury

Achievements, other sports or activities, etc: Varsity Field Hockey, Varsity Winter Track, Gallery Board, Epolitan, Model UN, Horizons

Additional Comments: “I would like to thank my parents for also supporting me throughout this process. Without them encouraging me through all decisions I would not be where I am today! I also want to thank everyone who is a part of Philly Blast, especially my coaches and teammates! It is you who made me want to spend half of my summer playing lacrosse and you who made it so fun!”

 

Abby McNamee (2018) – Duquesne University

Screen Shot 2016-06-14 at 10.39.17 PMTeam: 2018 Blue

Position: Defense

High School: Academy of Notre Dame de Namur

College: Duquesne (D1, Atlantic 10 Conference)

Why Duquesne?: “I chose Duquesne because of its great lacrosse program and excellent academics. I absolutely love the campus and where it’s located. Everyone I met there was amiable and welcoming, especially the lacrosse coaches and team.”

What’s your favorite part of playing for Blast?: “My favorite part of playing Philly Blast is all the different coaches you get to work with. Some are college coaches and some still play in college so you get a lot of insight on college sports and a lot of different feedback which is so helpful.”

What advice would you give to younger Blast players beginning the recruiting process?: “My advice for younger Blast players beginning the recruiting process would be to take your time. Keep your list large at the start and don’t rush to commit. You don’t have to be the first one and you don’t want to overlook an even better opportunity.”

What other colleges were you considering?: George Mason, VCU, St. Joes

Achievements, other sports or activities, etc: Distinguished Honor Roll, Scholar Athlete Award Recipient, Community Service through Notre Dame, Notre Dame & Malvern Prep musicals

 

Olivia Tuma (2018) – Cornell University

Team: 2018 Blue

Position: Midfield

High School: Episcopal Academy

College: Cornell (D1, Ivy League)

Why Cornell?: “Cornell offers everything I was looking for in a school. I immediately connected with the players and the coaches. The high academic standard is something I knew I wanted as well as a strong lacrosse program. Coach Graap and her coaching staff have built an incredible program at Cornell and I am so excited to be a part of it.”

What’s your favorite part of playing for Blast?: “My favorite part about playing for Blast is my team. I absolutely love my team! The friendships that I have formed with them and the memories that we have made together are what make Blast so special to me.”

What advice would you give to younger Blast players beginning the recruiting process?: “Stay positive!! This process can be long and hard but if it is really what you want it will all be worth it in the end. Write all of your emails, go to any and all camps that you can, play hard, and listen to your coaches because they have your best interest at heart. “

What other colleges were you considering?: Brown, Colgate, Bucknell, Princeton, Boston College

Achievements, other sports or activities, etc: Honor Roll, EA Varsity Field Hockey (InterAc & PA State Champs), EA Varsity Track, Elite 120 (Champions), Under Armor 150 (Champions), Nike Top of the Class All Star, Key Club, Cradles to Crayons volunteer 

Additional Comments: “Thank you to my club and school coach Josie Ferri and my club coach Julie Young for their support. I would not be the player that I am today without their help. A big thank you to my family and friends for always supporting me. Also, thank you to my summer coaches Ally Heavens and Caroline Doran for all their support. Thank you to my parents for everything that they did for me and taking so much time out of their busy lives to helping me throughout this entire process!”

 

Sydney Wolfington (2018) – Penn State University

Team: 2018 Blue Screen Shot 2015-07-29 at 9.30.54 AM

Position: Attack

High School: Agnes Irwin

College: Penn State (D1, Big Ten Conference)

Why PSU?: “I chose Penn State because I really loved the campus, the facilities, the team dynamic, treatment of athletes, and the school as a whole! The majors offered there are a great fit for me, and the school spirit really left a lasting impact on me. Coach Doherty and her coaching staff are great and they have formed a very successful team, and I’m so excited to become a part of it in the future!”

What’s your favorite part of playing for Blast?: “I love my team so much! We’ve been playing together for so long and we have become so close. It’s so fun playing against each other during the school year, then playing together in the summer! I will always value the friendships and memories I have made throughout out the years with these girls!”

What advice would you give to younger Blast players beginning the recruiting process?: “Never doubt yourself! Always send lots of emails, play hard, keep an open mind throughout the whole process, and take your time!”

What other colleges were you considering?: UMass, Marquette, UNC

Achievements, other sports or activities, etc: AIS Varsity Lacrosse (Inter-Ac & State Champs), Philly National Tournament Team, UnderArmour Uncommitted 2018 Team, AIS Varsity Basketball (Most Improved award recipient), AIS Varsity Field Hockey

Additional Comments: “I’d like to thank Josie and Julie for all their help and support throughout the whole process, I wouldn’t be the same person and player that I am today without them! I also want to thank my school coach, Coach Duck for always pushing me to be a stronger player, and always seeing potential in me! Lastly, I want to thank my family for always being there for me, and driving me to the many lacrosse events throughout the years.”

 

Bridget Boyle (2018) – Drexel University

IMG_8661Team: 2018 Blue

Position: Midfield

High School: The Episcopal Academy

College: Drexel (D1, Colonial Conference)

Why Drexel?: “I chose Drexel University because I really loved the feel of the campus. The academic programs that Drexel have to offer are a great fit for me. Coach Rudloff and her staff have high expectations for the women’s lacrosse program and I am excited to be a part of their plans for the future!”

What’s your favorite part of playing for Blast?: “For me, the best part has been the friends that I have made. I have been really lucky to be apart of a very close team. We have been together for a long time and I really value the friendships that I have made.”

What advice would you give to younger Blast players beginning the recruiting process?: “Be open to the advice of your parents and coaches and to be willing to visit any school even if they are not on your original list because they might surprise you. And nothing beats wall ball!”

What other colleges were you considering?: St. Joe’s, Stony Brook

Achievements, other sports or activities, etc: EA Varsity Field Hockey (2x InterAc & PA State Champs), Horizon Field Hockey Club, Spirit of Horizon Award (club MVP), EA Vestry Member, Key Club, The Michael Shouvlin ’50 Scholarship winner.

Additional Comments: “First, I would like to thank Julie Young, Josie Ferri, Ally Heavens, and Caroline Doran for helping me develop as a player and a teammate. Next, I would like to thank my sister for always being there for me to practice with in the backyard. Lastly, I would like to thank my parents for their love and support and all of the car rides everywhere. Thanks Mom and Dad!”

 

Camryn Faith (2018) – Hofstra University

Team: 2018 Blue

Position: Attack/Midfield

High School: Garnet Valley High School

College: Hofstra (D1, Colonial Conference)

Why Hofstra?: “I am excited to attend Hofstra and proud to be part of their women’s lacrosse team. They have top rated program and the coaches are dedicated to it’s success. When I visited the school, I was so impressed with the campus, the facilities, the academic support and their commitment to helping their athletes succeed on the field and in the classroom. I plan to major in communications.”

What’s your favorite part of playing for Blast?: “I love the girls on my Philly Blast team! We compete against one another during the school year but we really come together as teammates and friends for Blast. I could not have gotten through the recruiting process without the support and direction from my Blast coaches. They have pushed me to be a more responsible player and person.”

What advice would you give to younger Blast players beginning the recruiting process?: “Do your part in the recruiting process! Send emails, showcase yourself, keep communication going but most of all don’t limit yourself! So many opportunities can come your way so keep your mind open to all the possibilities! Reach beyond your goals!”

What other colleges were you considering?: Drexel University, St. Joe’s University, La Salle University

Achievements, other sports or activities, etc: GVHS Soccer & Basketball, community service at TOPS Soccer, local youth sports club mentor, ref and coach clinic for new young players in the community.

Additional Comments: “I want to thank my Philly Blast coaches, especially Josie Ferri, for challenging me to be the best player I can be. I want to thank Coach Purvis, my GVHS varsity head coach, for seeing my potential as a freshman to be part of the 2015 PA State Championship team. Thanks most of all to my family for your love, support, direction and time you spend helping me reach my goals.”

 

Olivia Cunningham (2018) – Lafayette College

20880312_race_0.1679127338373394.displayTeam: 2018 Blue

Position: Attack

High School: The Episcopal Academy

College: Lafayette (D1, Patriot League)

Why Lafayette?: “I chose Lafayette College because of its excellent academics, strong lacrosse program, and awesome coaching staff. I fell in love with the campus because of the small feel it brings to make you feel like you belong to a community. Lafayette’s lacrosse program presents a challenge, an amazing opportunity and I cannot wait to be a part a of such a great team.”

What’s your favorite part of playing for Blast?: “I love spending time with my team at practices and tournaments. We’ve really grown close over the past couple summers and the team is like one big family.”

What advice would you give to younger Blast players beginning the recruiting process?: “Keep your options open to all the colleges that show interest in you. Always play 100% because you never know whose watching you play.”

What other colleges were you considering?: Colgate, Drexel, Cincinnati, William & Mary

Achievements, other sports or activities, etc: Honor Roll, community service at Philabundance Food Bank, Soccer & Indoor Track for EA

Additional Comments: “I would like to thank my school and club coach, Josie Ferri, for coaching me to become a better player and all of her support through the recruiting process. I would also like to thank my parents for pushing me to become the best student-athlete that I can be.”

 

Paige Brady (2017) – Saint Francis University

Team: 2017 Blue

Position: Midfield

High School: Monsignor Bonner & Archbishop Prendergast Catholic High School

College: Saint Francis University (D1, Northeast Conference)

Why St Francis?: “I chose Saint Francis because it felt right for me… athletically, academically and socially. I really like how close the community is and I absolutely love the coaches and players on the lacrosse team.”

What’s your favorite part of playing for Blast?: “My favorite part of Blast is getting to know such great people. Building close friendships with my teammates is probably going to be my best memory. I really enjoyed playing with teammates who take lacrosse as serious as I do. My teammates and coaches have helped push me to grow and overall its been such a great experience.”

What advice would you give to younger Blast players beginning the recruiting process?: “Take your time and DO NOT RUSH. I began my recruiting process my sophomore year and it took me until my senior year to find the perfect fit for me. Always look academically as well as athletically. Make a 40 year decision instead of a 4-year decision. You will know when you find the perfect fit. BEST OF LUCK!”

What other colleges were you considering?: Lock Haven University & Millersville University

Achievements, other sports or activities, etc: Student Council, Community Service Club, National Honors Society, Campus Ministry, Varsity Lacrosse all 4 years of HS

Additional Comments: “I would really like to thank Josie, Julie and Coach Dodds for all they have done throughout my lacrosse career. Their continuous support and encouragement got me through all the stress and helped make it a fun and fulfilling experience!”

 

Brittney Bedrossian (2017) – Ursinus College

Team: 2017 Blue

Position: Attack

High School: Merion Mercy Academy

College: Ursinus College (D3, Centennial Conference)

Why Ursinus?: “I chose Ursinus because as soon as I walked onto the campus I felt like I could see myself there. I was first drawn to the campus for its suburban setting and strong academics, and from the first moment I met with Coach Hagan and the team, they made me feel welcome, and treated me as if I belonged. I loved the atmosphere of the team, and how they all worked together and encouraged each other on and off the field. Coach Hagan has such a great outlook for what this team can accomplish,and I’m very excited to be a part of that!”

What’s your favorite part of playing for Blast?: “My favorite part of Blast is my team. We’ve played together for so many years, and have grown both as people and players. It’s amazing to see how much we have and will accomplish.”

What advice would you give to younger Blast players beginning the recruiting process?: “Enjoy the experience of playing lacrosse, and don’t get too wrapped up in the college search because everything will work out in the end!”

What other colleges were you considering?: Scranton, Widener, Cabrini

Achievements, other sports or activities, etc: National Honor Society (10th,11th,12th), National Honor Society Corresponding Secretary (12th), Spanish Honor Society (10th,11th), Math Honor Society (10th,11th), Honor Roll (9th), Distinguished Honors (10th,11th), JV Mathletes (9th,10th), Varsity Mathletes, MVP Service, Field Hockey, Lacrosse AACA Champions (2014, 2015, 2016), Most Improved (2016)

Additional Comments: “I would like to thank all the coaches I have had over the years, especially Dodds, who have helped me become the player I am with all their encouragement and positive feedback. I would also like to thank my family, especially my parents and sister Shannon, who have been by my side through it all and have always supported me.”

 

Kacy Hafertepe (2017) – Swarthmore College

Team: 2017 Blue

Position: Midfield

High School: Strath Haven High School

College: Swarthmore College (D3, Centennial Conference)

Why Swarthmore?: “Swarthmore College is an ideal fit for me because of the rigorous and challenging academics within such a collaborative learning environment. I’m also beyond excited to be a part of both their soccer and lacrosse program with such talented players and coaching staff!”

What’s your favorite part of playing for Blast?: “My favorite part of playing Philly Blast Lacrosse was meeting so many new people and being able to spend so much time with my team.”

What advice would you give to younger Blast players beginning the recruiting process?: “Make sure to continue practicing during the off-season, and don’t get discouraged if a coach or school falls through!”

What other colleges were you considering?: Yale, University of Rochester

Achievements, other sports or activities, etc: Honor Roll, National Honors Society, Varsity Soccer, Varsity Swimming, City Team Volunteer, ASPCA Volunteer

Additional Comments: “Thank you to all of my supportive friends, teammates, family members, and of course my Philly Blast coaches!”

 

 

Carli Heimann (2017) – Ursinus College

Team: 2017 Blue

Position: Attack

High School: Kennett High School

College: Ursinus College (D3, Centennial Conference)

Why Ursinus?: “Ursinus offers the majors I’m interested in and I absolutely love the team and coaches! Its just the right size and location for me.”

What’s your favorite part of playing for Blast?: “Love the friendship and bond with teammates and coaches. The advice provided by the coaches and leadership skills we are encouraged to use. The idea of learning how to play to not only better yourself but your teammates instead of focusing on just winning.”

What advice would you give to younger Blast players beginning the recruiting process?: “Keep your grades up. And contact as many schools as you possibly can. You never know who is interested in you as a player/student. Be open minded and visit as many schools as possible. Take your time. Everything will work out in the end.”

What other colleges were you considering?: University of Mary Washington, Albright, West Chester University

Achievements, other sports or activities, etc: Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Ambassador and Diabetic Mentor, Mock Trial Club Varsity Member, Honor Roll, Blue Demons Lacrosse: Assistant Coach, Sharp shooter award (made 78% of all shots taken), Chesmont All League: Second Team, Starting Varsity Lacrosse: 4 years

Additional Comments: “I’d like to thank my parents for always driving me to practices and tournaments, encouraging me to achieve my goals, and for being the best supporters possible. A big thank you to my coaches for helping me grow as a player and find the right school. And a huge thanks to my teammates for such memorable/fun times on and off the field.”

 

Rachel Yackel (2017) – Hobart & William Smith College

Team: 2017 Blue

Position: Attack/Midfield

High School: The Episcopal Academy

College: Hobart and William Smith College (D3, Liberty League)

Why William Smith?: “I chose Hobart and William Smith because of the overwhelming amount of support the lacrosse program and the school both offer. Coach Phillips has great expectations for the team, and I’m very excited to be a part of this program soon!”

What’s your favorite part of playing for Blast?: “My favorite part about playing Philly Blast Lacrosse was that every player was extremely unselfish. It was always a team effort on and off the field.”

What advice would you give to younger Blast players beginning the recruiting process?: “Being patient is the best advice I can give to younger Blast players that are beginning the recruiting process. It’s a long process, but just know that at the end, there is always a perfect school for each player. Never lose confidence in yourself.”

What other colleges were you considering?: Trinity College, Gettysburg College, Wesleyan College

Achievements, other sports or activities, etc: National Spanish Honors Society, National English Honors Society, Varsity Cross Country and Winter Track, EA Community Service, Spanish Club, 2014 Brine National Team

Additional Comments: “I would like to thank all of my lacrosse coaches throughout the years and especially my school lacrosse coach, Josie Ferri for always pushing me to become a better lacrosse player. I would also like to thank my parents for supporting me since day one.”

 

Hannah Checkeye (2017) – University of Mary Washington

Team: 2017 Blue

Position: Defense

High School: Southern Lehigh High School

College: University of Mary Washington (D3, Capital Athletic Conference)

Why Mary Washington?: “I chose Mary Washington because I knew that I could get a really good education while also playing lacrosse with a team and a coach who are going to push me to be the best that I can be. The campus was also beautiful and since I want to major in biology, I really loved the fact that their science department is very competitive.”

What’s your favorite part of playing for Blast?: “Playing with Philly Blast the past three summers has helped me grow so much as an individual and as a player and the girls I get to call my teammates are always so encouraging and supportive and have made my experience something I’ll never forget.”

What advice would you give to younger Blast players beginning the recruiting process?: “Don’t have your mind set on one thing, be open to everything and figure out what you like and don’t like and what you want out of a school – that’s what’s most important.”

What other colleges were you considering?: University of Rochester, Shenandoah University, Bard College

Achievements, other sports or activities, etc: National Honor Society, Honor Roll, Student Council Secretary, Teen Counselor, Varsity Club, Mini-Thon Committee Head, Field Hockey, All-Area Honorable Mention, Senior Captain

Additional Comments: “I just want to say thank you to everyone at Philly Blast for all their continuing support, especially Josie and Dodds who taught me to always work hard!!! I also want to thank my parents for driving endless hours to tournaments every summer and my school coaches for pushing me to be the best I can be.”

 

Elise Weber (2017) – Misericordia University

Team: 2017 Blue

Position: Defense

High School: Strath Haven High School

College: Misericordia University (D3, MAC Freedom)

Why Misericordia?: “I chose Misericordia because it was the perfect fit in terms of size, lacrosse program and the schools commitment to its student athletes. Coach T takes a genuine interest in her team members both athletically and scholastically which is something I was looking for in a coach.”

What’s your favorite part of playing for Blast?: “My favorite part of playing Philly Blast Lacrosse is meeting and playing with girls from other schools in the area.”

What advice would you give to younger Blast players beginning the recruiting process?: “Look at schools other than your dream school, you never know what you can find!”

What other colleges were you considering?:Wheelock College, Bridgewater State University, Salve Regina University

Achievements, other sports or activities, etc: Relay for Life Committee Member, Band Member, French Exchange Program, Indoor Track, Field Hockey

Additional Comments: “I would like to thank Josie and Julie for their guidance over the past four years. I would also like to thank Dodds for never giving up on me.”

 

Maggie Wilson (2017) – Dickinson College

Screen Shot 2016-04-15 at 8.15.58 AMTeam: 2017 Blue

Position: Defense

High School: Merion Mercy Academy

College: Dickinson College (D3, Centennial Conference)

Why Dickinson?: “I chose Dickinson because every time I visited the campus, I loved the school more and more. The girls on the team were friendly and were people I could definitely see myself playing with! Coach Lowry and Coach Messersmith were also welcoming and encouraging on my visits to campus. Both of my parents went to Dickinson and my mom also played lacrosse there- I know I’ll love it as much as they did! “

What’s your favorite part of playing for Blast?: “I’ve played with most of the girls on my team for a few years and I love the friendships we’ve developed! Its also been great to see how much everyone has improved over the years.”

What advice would you give to younger Blast players beginning the recruiting process?: “When looking to play lacrosse in college, make sure to look at schools that would fit you academically and socially. Lacrosse will be a big part of you college career, but not all of it! Just keep emailing coaches, visiting campuses, and participating in their clinics, especially when you find a school you want to pursue.”

What other colleges were you considering?: Gettysburg, Catholic, Hamilton

Achievements, other sports or activities, etc: AACA Champions (2014, 2015), Most Valuable Defender (9th), Most improved Defender (10th), National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, Math Honor Society, JV Mathletes (9 &10; group leader grade 10), Varsity Mathletes, Ministry Team, History Club (9, 10, 11; VP in grade 11) Varsity Field Hockey, 2015 HOBY Representative

Additional Comments: “I would like to thank everyone who has ever had an impact on my playing lacrosse! My school teammates and my Philly Blast teammates helped me to grow as a person and a player, while always being there as my friends. Thanks you so much to my Philly Blast Coach, Dodds, who helped me to realize my love for being a defender and helping me to strengthen my defensive knowledge. Last, I want to thank my parents. I am so grateful for everything they do for me, especially in regards to driving (and sometimes flying) to all of my lacrosse practices, games, and tournaments.”

 

Molly Grady (2017) – Catholic University

MollyTeam: 2017 Blue

Position: Midfield/Defense

High School: Cardinal O’Hara

College: Catholic University of America (D3, Landmark Conference)

Why Catholic?: “I chose CUA because of the nursing program, coach and team. Every time I visited Coach Mcdonough and the team, they made me feel very welcome. I love the campus, DC, and the fact that I get to continue my education at a Catholic University. The team is extremely close and Coach Mcdonough has big plans for her team!”

What’s your favorite part of playing for Blast?: “I joined Philly Blast pretty late, but the entire team was so welcoming. Everyone there loves playing lacrosse and wants everyone on the team to do their best. I also am really grateful for all the coaches have done. They know a lot about the game and its really taught how to be the best player I can be”

What advice would you give to younger Blast players beginning the recruiting process?: “Don’t rush it! Pick a school that you would be happy to go to, even if lacrosse wasn’t in the picture.”

What other colleges were you considering?: Bloomsburg, Widner

Achievements, other sports or activities, etc: Honor Roll, Student Council, mini-Thon captain, Varsity Field Hockey Captain, Varsity Lacrosse Co-Captain sophomore & junior year, 2nd Team All-Catholic, Honorable Mention All-Delco

Additional Comments: “I just want to thank Coach Dodds, Josie, Julie and Coach Hagan. They all have taught me everything I know about lacrosse and have helped me so much with the recruiting process.”

 

Hannah Posencheg (2017) – Dickinson College

hannahTeam: 2017 Blue

Position: Defense

High School: Friends Central School

College: Dickinson College (D3, Centennial Conference)

Why Dickinson?: “I chose Dickinson, not only because of its lacrosse program, but also for its amazing academic opportunities… like having 2/3’s of the junior class each year go abroad! I loved the culture of the team and the coaching staff, as well as the campus and the overall feeling of the school.”

What’s your favorite part of playing for Blast?: “To be able to spend my summers with amazing people, and to be coached by amazing coaches.”

What advice would you give to younger Blast players beginning the recruiting process?: “Take your time, and choose a school you would have picked regardless of whether you would have played lacrosse there or not. Although lacrosse will take up a lot of your time, you never know what could happen, and you’re better off loving the school as much as you love the lacrosse program. Also, USE JOSIE.”

What other colleges were you considering?: Gettysburg, F&M, Catholic

Achievements, other sports or activities, etc: Varsity Soccer, Most improved player at FCS (lax), Brine All-American Lacrosse National Classic selection, 40+ hours of community service, Student Council member, Sustainability Club member, Yearbook editor, Blood drive organizer

Additional Comments: “Thanks to Josie for helping through the whole process!! “

 

Katie Sedlak (2017) – St. Bonaventure University

Katie SedlakTeam: 2017 Blue

Position: Attack

High School: Conestoga High School

College: St. Bonaventure (D1, Atlantic 10 Conference)

Why St. Bonaventure?: “I chose St. Bonaventure University because I felt right at home as soon as I stepped on campus. I loved everything about the school including the degree program that they offer in my intended area of study. St. Bonaventure is a small school in a suburban setting which is exactly what I was looking for.”

What’s your favorite part of playing for Blast?: “My favorite part of playing Philly Blast Lacrosse is the camaraderie of the team and the fact that everybody can read each other on the field. We also have a lot of fun off the field. I also have to say that I love the Blast coaching staff.”

What advice would you give to younger Blast players beginning the recruiting process?: “Don’t rush the process!! Everything will fall into place how its supposed to. Also, work really hard in lacrosse and in school. It will make everything easier in the end but don’t take the easy way out.”

What other colleges were you considering?: Lock Haven University, Washington College, Catholic University, York College, Immaculata University

Achievements, other sports or activities, etc: Track, Best Buddies program, Peer Mediation, Honor Roll, Attack MVP

Additional Comments: “I would like to thank Josie Ferri, Julie Shaner Young and Caroline Dodds for their commitment to and belief in me and my pursuit of playing college lacrosse. I want to thank the Conestoga High School Girls Lacrosse coaching staff, especially Amy Orcutt, Jaclyn Klunder and Leah Adams. I also want to thank my parents for everything they have done since I started playing lacrosse. They have pushed me to my limits and made it so that I was able to play in college, and for that, I am forever grateful. I want to thank my older brother for setting such a great example for me and always being there for me. Lastly, I want to thank my little brother for putting up with the endless lacrosse games and tournaments and for always being so supportive.”

 

Lexi Dechiario (2017) – Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

IMG_2670Team: 2017 Blue

Position: Defense

High School: Conestoga

College: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute “RPI” (D3, Liberty League)

Why RPI?: “RPI has a beautiful campus and many academic and research opportunities for its students. I loved everything about the school overall and Coach DeLano, the team, and the athletic facilities are amazing! It is the perfect fit of academics and lacrosse for me.”

What’s your favorite part of playing for Blast?: “All the girls are very supportive of each other and its like playing with one big lacrosse family. I’ve learned a lot over the past couple of years and have grown as a player and a teammate with Blast!”

What advice would you give to younger Blast players beginning the recruiting process?: “Don’t give up and don’t stress about it. Have an open mind about different schools. You will find the right fit for you academically and athletically!”

What other colleges were you considering?: Columbia, Tufts, F&M

Achievements, other sports or activities, etc: National Honor Society, Distinguished Honor Roll, Tae Kwon Do black belt, Brine All-Star Tournament Team, MVP Defender

Additional Comments: “I have so many people to thank for helping me through this process but especially my Philly Blast coaches Julie Young, Josie Ferri, Caroline Dodds, and Katie Hagan and my high school coach Amy Orcutt. I also want to thank my parents and siblings for always supporting me!”

 

MaryCate Markey (2017) – Old Dominion University

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Position: Goalie

High School: Merion Mercy Academy

College: Old Dominion University “ODU” (D1, Atlantic Sun Conference)

Why ODU?: “This college seems to be the best fit for me, both academically and athletically. I loved the campus, the lacrosse facilities, and the team culture. All the girls were so nice and seemed to all get along really well. Academically, ODU offers up to 130 majors which gives me lots of options to study in college.”

What’s your favorite part of playing for Blast?: “Our team has a very special bond and it shows on and off the field.”

What advice would you give to younger Blast players beginning the recruiting process?: “Don’t stress about it and keep working hard!”

What other colleges were you considering?: American University, Saint Joseph’s University, University of Tampa, Catholic University

Achievements, other sports or activities, etc: Honor Roll, Varsity Cross Country

Additional Comments: “I would not have been able to come this far without the help of all my coaches and amazing teammates! I’d like to give a big thanks to everyone who has somehow shaped me in lacrosse and helped me with this process.”

 

Allie Scannapieco (2017) – George Washington University

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Position: Midfield

High School: Merion Mercy Academy

College: George Washington University “GW” (D1, Atlantic 10 Conference)

Why GW?: “George Washington University has everything that I was looking for in a college. The outstanding academics, urban location, and the up and coming lacrosse program fit all of my criteria. D.C. is a wonderful city with endless opportunities. The new coaching staff has terrific plans for the program, and I know this is a school where I will be pushed to my highest potential and make an impact on the team. The coaches create a positive team environment, and understand the importance of academics on top of lacrosse.”

What’s your favorite part of playing for Blast?: “It is much more than a lacrosse team, it is a family. My team has become so close over the past few years, and we know each others strengths and how to help each other out on the field. Not many teams have been playing together as a whole for as long as we have. The coaches are extremely insightful, always helping us work on our stick work, foot work, and technique. They have guided me through the recruiting process and I would not of been able to do it without them.”

What advice would you give to younger Blast players beginning the recruiting process?: “Keep emailing coaches! Find out what kind of school you like and attend as many showcases and college clinics as possible. Work on your stick work everyday, wall ball is extremely helpful!”

What other colleges were you considering?: George Mason, Cal Berkeley, VCU

Achievements, other sports or activities, etc: Honor Roll, National Honors Society, Math Honors Society, Varsity Field Hockey, Honorable Mention All-Mainline (Lacrosse), PIAA District Champions (Lacrosse)

 

Taylor Lucey (2017) – Virginia Commonwealth University

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Position: Attack

High School: The Episcopal Academy

College: Virginia Commonwealth University, “VCU” (D1, Atlantic 10 Conference)

Why VCU?: “I chose this college because it was a good fit for me for lacrosse and I really loved the school itself and could see myself going there.”

What’s your favorite part of playing for Blast?: “Traveling to the tournaments and growing with my team over the course of the summers. “

What advice would you give to younger Blast players beginning the recruiting process?: “Just work hard and everything will fall into place. You will go through times where you lose confidence in yourself and in the recruiting process but you have to do your best to keep your confidence up and keep working towards your goals. “

What other colleges were you considering?: Duquesne University

Achievements, other sports or activities, etc: Brine All Star Tournament Team, Varsity Field Hockey, EA Community Service

Additional Comments: “Thank you so much to my team and my different coaches from summer to summer and most importantly thank you to Josie and Julie for all of their help throughout the recruiting process.”

 

Hayden Posencheg (2017) – Duquesne University

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Position: Attack

High School: Friends Central

College: Duquesne University (D1, Atlantic 10 Conference)

Why Duquesne?: “I chose Duquesne because I loved the area and how the campus is right in Pittsburgh but doesn’t feel very urban. I also loved the coaches and I felt that their conference (Atlantic 10) would be a great fit for me.”

What’s your favorite part of playing for Blast?: “My team. It’s fun when you have so much chemistry in one group, and I think that’s the core factor of how we go out and play to win every game. Also the coaches are great and love to have fun with us but are really instructive as well.”

What advice would you give to younger Blast players beginning the recruiting process?: “Stay confident no matter how many coaches are at a game, stay positive and go after everything on the field, and to have fun.”

What other colleges were you considering?: Dartmouth, Army, La Salle, F&M

Achievements, other sports or activities, etc: Varsity Soccer, Student Admissions Committee, Student Council, Yearbook, Service Club

Additional Comments: “I would like to thank Josie and my parents for helping me throughout the recruiting process, and for helping me continue to grow as a player.”

 

Julia Dambly (2016) – University of Delaware

Team: 2016

Position: Midfield

High School: Academy of Notre Dame

College: Delaware University (D1, Colonial Athletic Association)

Why Delaware?: “It has everything that I want both athletically and academically. Coach Kateri Linville has such high expectations for the program and the team is improving more and more every year. I loved the feel of the campus and everyone was really welcoming when I visited.”

What’s your favorite part of playing for Blast?: “Definitely the friendships that I have formed. I think that our team is really close and everyone trusts one another on the field. We try our best to contribute all that we can to the team in order to be successful. Practices and games are always really fun and I look forward to our tournaments.”

What advice would you give to younger Blast players beginning the recruiting process?: “Make sure to email any college coaches/schools you are even remotely interested in. It’s always better to put yourself out there than to be disappointed. Also, make sure you put 100% into every play because you never know who is watching!”

What other colleges were you considering?: Brown University, Temple University

Achievements, other sports or activities, etc:  2nd Team All InterAc, All Delco, Student Council Athletics President, National Honors Society, Indoor Track 3rd Team All State, Varsity Soccer 2nd Team All Delco, InterAc and All Main Line

Additional Comments: “First, I would like to thank Coach Kateri Linville for providing me with this amazing opportunity. I would like to thank my club coach, Josie Ferri, and my school coach, Xan Weitzel, for helping me to develop as a player and to get to where I am today. Lastly, I would like to thank my parents for driving me to endless tournaments and camps and for always supporting me!

 

Liz Toohey (2016) – Manhattan College

Team: 2016

Position: Midfield

High School: Garnet Valley

College: Manhattan College (D1, Metro Atlantic)

Why Manhattan?: “I always wanted to attend a college located in the city but had the feel of a more suburban setting. Manhattan College provides both for me. Manhattan graduates attend excellent graduate schools and are recruited by top employers. Coach Weber’s program and philosophy are a great fit for me and I cannot wait to play as a Manhattan Jasper.

What’s your favorite part of playing for Blast?: “The hands on training and advice I received from Josie; all the coaches are truly excellent. The playing atmosphere is competitive while also being relaxed and fun. Everyone on my team is very supportive of one another and we always find a way to have fun.

What advice would you give to younger Blast players beginning the recruiting process?: “Listen to the advice of the Philly Blast coaches. Also, take initiative in contacting college coaches, don’t wait for them to contact you. Don’t see the recruiting process as a stressful thing rather have fun with it. Everything will work out in your best interest.

What other colleges were you considering?: Gettysburg, Washington & Lee, Haverford

Achievements, other sports or activities, etc:  2014 Central League Champions, 2014 & 2015 PIAA State Champions

Additional Comments: “I would like to thank all the Philly Blast coaches who helped me along the way, especially Josie Ferri, Julie Young, Princess Livingston, and Katie Hagan. I would also like to thank my parents and sister for their overwhelming support.”

 

Maura Carey (2016) – Wagner College

Team: 2016

Position: Defense

High School: Radnor

College: Wagner College (D1, Northeast)

Why Wagner?: “It has everything I was hoping for in a school: the major I want to study (special education) and a really pretty campus along with a competitive lacrosse program that’s headed in the right direction.  I also love the size and location: it’s not too close to home but close enough for my parents to come to games.”

What’s your favorite part of playing for Blast?: “My team.  I’ve grown so close with all of my teammates and coaches the past three years and it’s the highlight of every summer.  Unlike some other programs, everyone at blast is encouraging and accepting.”

What advice would you give to younger Blast players beginning the recruiting process?: “Keep your options open. Even if you don’t think you have a shot at playing at the school, it’s still almost always worth emailing/contacting anyways, you might be exactly the type of player they’re looking for. Also, not to be too hard on yourself, everything will fall into place.

What other colleges were you considering?: Quinnipiac, Robert Morris, Washington College

 

Emily Hudash (2016) – Catholic University

Team: 2016

Position: Defense

High School: Bonner-Prendie

College: Catholic University of America (D3, Landmark Conference)

Why Catholic?: I chose Catholic first and foremost, because I loved the team. Every time I was on campus for a camp or clinic the girls made me feel so welcome and the coaches made me feel so at home. Another reason I chose Catholic was because of the overall atmosphere both on campus and in Washington, D.C.”

What’s your favorite part of playing for Blast?: “High intensity of the games. During the season, everyone is playing for the same goal; to be recruited to play lacrosse in college. This goal urges the team to play to the best of their ability at all times which really changes the dynamic of the game and makes the game much more fun and exciting to play in.”

What advice would you give to younger Blast players beginning the recruiting process?: “When considering schools, ask yourself if something happened and you could no longer play lacrosse, could you still see yourself at that school. I made it a top priority to ask myself this question before committing to Catholic and it not only made my decision clear but also very easy.”

What other colleges were you considering?: Quinnipiac, Tampa, Iona, Ithaca

 

Grace Norley (2016) – Franklin & Marshall College

Team: 2016

Position: Attack

High School: Episcopal Academy

College: Franklin & Marshall College (D3, Centennial Conference)

What other colleges were you considering?: Bucknell, Trinity

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