High school sophomores making verbal commitments to colleges has become more and more prevalent in men’s lacrosse for more than a year.
Is the trend coming to the women’s game?
Northwestern University, which has won six national titles the last seven years, recently landed a commitment from one of the nation’s top 10th-graders.
Emily Stein of Darien has announced her intentions to attend Northwestern.
“I had no idea I would commit this early but I feel very comfortable with my decision,” Stein is an athletic midfielder who also excels in soccer and basketball.
Her athleticism – and skills were on display – at several camps the last few months.
“The girls lacrosse recruiting process is based on college camps,” Stein said. “For me, that was a springboard for recruiting. Northwestern showed interest in me at their camps and I was just so impressed with them and the overall opportunity available there.
“I kept in touch with the coaches and their interest in me continued to develop from summer camp to winter camp. I was invited to a game last spring on campus and spent time with (Northwestern Head Coach) Kelly (Amonte Hiller) and took a campus tour. They saw me play this summer and invited me for an unofficial visit this fall.
“I went to class, met the team, learned more about the academic offerings and then went to a football game. I spent the summer and fall visiting other schools and getting a feel for places.
“I considered NU’s offer for a couple of months and it just felt right for me. I decided to commit at their winter camp a couple of weeks ago.”
Northwestern also will be bringing in another standout midfielder from the region in John Jay’s Lauren Murray, who’s a senior.
The commitments of Stein and — as well as Murray‘s John Jay teammate Kelsey Davey (USC) — were among the topics I discussed on the HV/CT Friday edition of MSG Varsity’s “SportsDesk” (Optimum). In case you missed the five-minute segment, you can catch it here.
Now, here are more thoughts from Emily Stein on her commitment.
What were the main factors in your decision?
I targeted schools with excellent academic reputations and strong lacrosse programs. I always tried to keep my focus on the academic side as I considered my options. I was also drawn to campuses located near big cities.
Northwestern fit my objectives perfectly. It is a great school, an outstanding program and a nice campus just outside of Chicago.
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
I also considered Penn, Georgetown, North Carolina and Cornell and was able to visit each campus and meet with players and coaches.
What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
Transitioning the ball up the field to create fast breaks for our offense and feeding people around the cage.
What were some of the big summer showcase events you’ve competed in the last couple of years and how id you do at them?
I played for Lower New England in the Schoolgirls national tournament during the Women’s Final Four. I also played in tournaments with my club team, the CT Chargers. I also went to Maximum Exposure in Maryland, Top of the Class Camp, and Top 215, which all had a lot of college coaches in attendance. I had a busy summer!
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* For a look at how schedules for teams from throughout the region for the 2012 season are shaping up, be sure to check out the “Schedules galore” thread.