Worcester Prep (Ocean City, Md.) junior goaltender Skylar Siegfried has verbally committed to play women's lacrosse for Jacksonville University.
Seigfried, a 2013 graduate, plays on the Maryland based club lacrosse team, Green Turtle.
ESPN High School: What other school’s did you consider?
Skylar Siegfried: “In addition to Jacksonville University, I was considering James Madison University, Temple, University of Pennsylvania, Cornell, San Diego State University, Notre Dame, and Robert Morris University. All of these schools have phenomenal coaches and welcoming teams. They all offer great opportunities at different lengths.”
EHS: What made Jacksonville such an attractive choice?
SS: “What drew me to Jacksonville over all of the other schools, was its Nursing program. It allows me to enroll in the Nursing School as a freshman, enabling me to only have to do four years of college versus five. Another key factor is that the juniors can get guaranteed jobs when they are juniors to qualify them to work when they graduate.”
“Did I forget to mention the awesome coaching staff Jacksonville has? Mindy, Paul, Adam, and Sara are the most hilarious, genuine, and embracing people I have ever met. I am honored that I will be coached by them. Before I knew that Jacksonville was interested in me, I always ran into Paul and Adam, either at camps, tryouts, and even in airports when our flight gets delayed six hours!”
“The icing on the cake for my decision was when Paul told me to my face that I would be perfect for their family at Jacksonville and become one of the "kids". The coaching staff automatically felt like a family to me when I met them.”
“The team is full of many different personalities, ranging from garrulous to more introverted. I have so much in common with the team, more than I do with my best friends at home!”
EHS: What surprised you about the recruiting process?
SS: “The most surprising component of the entire recruiting process is how competitive it is. You never know what/who will hurt you in order to get your position.”
EHS: What was the most important question you asked college coaches during the process?
SS: “The most important question I asked coaches during this process was if school interfered with lacrosse and what came first, lacrosse or school. Jacksonville allows their students to be students before players. Students can go to class or do internships without worrying about it interfering with sports because the coaches build their schedules around yours.”
EHS: What one piece of advice would you give to other players who are just starting on the recruiting process?
SS: “If I could give advise to players entering the recruiting process it would have to be, watch your back and do what will benefit you in the future not what will benefit you now.”
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