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Cietek Twins (Guilderland, N.Y.) to Villanova

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The Villanova University women's lacrosse team has gained two verbal commitments, from the Cietek twins from Guilderland (Guilderland, N.Y.).

Kendall Cietek is an attacker and Mackenzie Cietek is a midfielder, both 2012 graduates, play for the Albany Elite club team. Both girls made the 2011 US Lacrosse Girl's High School All-Academic Team from the Adirondack Chapter.

Villanova is a Division I school located in Philadelphia, PA. The Wildcats, a member of the Big East Conference, went 5-11 in 2011.

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

Kendall Cietek: “Brown, University of New Hampshire, Harvard, UPenn.”

EHS: What made Villanova such an attractive choice?

KC: “Villanova is a great academic school that has an engineering school, which is what I want to go into; and it also has a building lacrosse program, which is what I always wanted in a school.”

EHS: What surprised you about the recruiting process?

KC: “It involved a lot of waiting around that I didn’t expect. I thought it have been a lot quicker and easier than it was.”

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

the process?

KC: “How do the athletes balance the rigors of academics and the demanding lacrosse schedule?”

EHS: What one piece of advice would you give to other players who are just

starting on the recruiting process?

KC: “Be patient, because the right school will find 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?

KC: “Have a timeline given out to each recruit by the coach of their specific timeline, so you know when you need to have standardized tests done by and what not so you have a better idea of the future and aren’t taking it day by day not knowing what to expect.”

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

Mackenzie Cietek: “I considered Brown, UNH, Harvard and UPenn.”

EHS: What made Villanova such an attractive choice?

MC: “I really loved how close the team was at Villanova and the idea of being a part of "Nova nation" seemed so cool to me. The academic piece really appealed to me as well because I want to receive a great education while also being part of a strong, growing lacrosse program.”

EHS: What surprised you about the recruiting process?

MC: “What surprised me the most about the recruiting process was how much of a job it seemed to be. Coaches would call you one day saying they were interested and send you an email the next day saying they had all of their recruits, it was definitely stressful to say the least.”

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

MC: “I think the most important question I asked college coaches was what they saw me doing in their program, and how big of a part of the program they envisioned me to be. I really wanted to see if I would play a strong role in the program because that was important to me, I want to make an impact.”

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

MC: “One piece of advice I would give to other kids being recruited is START EARLY!! I definitely waited a little too late to reach out to coaches and let them know that I was interested and tell them who I was. The recruiting process is moving so quickly these days, it is definitely important to take the standardized tests as soon as possible so that you can send those scores to coaches and commit earlier.”

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

MC: “One thing that could be changed in the recruiting process to make it less stressful is to stress that taking the standardized tests are very important and doing so before your junior year or early on your junior year is so beneficial! Also, the timeline for recruits is shortening everyday now, and I think if coaches gave more time for kids to make the decision effecting the next four years of their lives it would prevent a lot of rushed decisions and stressed out teenagers!”

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