Good Counsel (Md.) attacker to Vanderbilt

Caroline Peters from Good Counsel (Olney, Md.) against Northport (N.Y.) in 2011. Courtesy Peters' Family/no_source

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Good Counsel (Olney, Md.) junior, Caroline Peters, has given a verbal commitment to play women’s lacrosse for Vanderbilt.

Peters plays attack for the Falcons and helped the team to a 19-2 record and a No. 6 finish in the final POWERADE FAB 50 Ranking.

The junior scored 37 goals and tallied 36 assists for the Falcons last season.

ESPN High School: What other school’s did you consider

Caroline Peters: “Georgetown, Maryland, Boston U, UCONN, Yale, Princeton, Dartmouth and Harvard.”

EHS: What made Vanderbilt such an attractive choice?

CP: “It had everything I was looking for in a college, it has great academics, a strong lacrosse program and a true college campus atmosphere. When I visited for a junior weekend, the team had a very close bond between each other, even with the new freshman having only been at school for a short while. I have been blessed to have great teammates and friends on my high school and club teams, team chemistry is important to me. Overall, It just felt like the best fit for me.”

EHS: What surprised you about the recruiting process?

CP: “Probably just how early it started which made it stressful at times. You want to make the right decision for your future but that is tough when you're two years away from starting college.”

EHS: What was the most important question you asked college coaches during the process

CP: “I visited a lot of schools and asking the coach where you stood in their eyes was important to me. I wanted to go to a school that wanted me, luckily had a number of options.”

EHS: What one piece of advice would you give to other players who are just starting on the recruiting process?

CP: “Work hard to get the best grades you can and than VISIT! VISIT! VISIT! You'll never know what you truly want unless you go out and see for yourself. You might have in your head what you think you want in a college but when you visit the school, you realize that may not be the school for you.”

EHS: Is there anything about the recruiting process that you think could change that would have made it easier or less stressful for you?

CP: “Don’t start the process so early but when it does start allow more open communication between you and the coach.”

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