Varsity girls lacrosse players commit to colleges
Senior Hayley Soutter was speechless after committing to Washington and Lee this summer. “I was so excited! I could not stop smiling,” she said.
Soutter has played lacrosse for eight years, and currently plays midfield on the Langley varsity lacrosse team.
Through her years as a player she has made great friendships and learned important lessons such as working hard and staying positive in order to achieve her objectives.
Hard work was not the sole reason for her commitment, the continuous support of her family and teammates also helped her in her decision to commit.
During her time on Langley’s varsity lacrosse team, her favorite memory was beating Madison last season, and her team’s elation during the bus ride home.
The night air was crisp as Langley and Westfield battled it out on the lacrosse field. The score was tied and time was running out on the clock. Midfielder Olivia Sisson received the ball and was getting ready to make a crucial shot. “I scored the winning goal against Westfield and we won!” said Sisson, and that game to this point has been her favorite lacrosse memory.
Her passion for lacrosse runs in the family; Sisson’s dad played lacrosse in college and loved it. With help and dedication from her father to continually improve her lacrosse game, Sisson earned a spot on the W&L college team.
After committing to Washington and Lee, she was ecstatic and relieved from worry about college applications. Sisson looks forward with excitement to the challenge of playing at a higher level.
Goalie Erin Long has been playing lacrosse since first grade. Her family’s lax-positive view was vital in her decision to continue playing after high school at George Washington University.
“My older brother and dad have played a big part in my decision to play at the college level,” said Long. Her brother Ryan was a goalie at Christopher Newport University, and her father helped coach her.
Lacrosse is not only a family bonding experience for Long, but a chance for her to spend time with close friends.
Midfielder Rachel Wagner has been a lacrosse player for eleven years, and has made great memories and lifelong friends along the way.
Wagner recalls one winter day when she and a few friends brought shovels to the lacrosse wall and removed all the snow in the way, just so they could practice. She remembers all the laughable moments she and her lacrosse teammates have shared throughout their time together.
Lacrosse has not been all fun and games though. Making the competitive varsity team at Langley as a sophomore was a challenge. Ever since she was little, playing lacrosse in college has been her ultimate goal. Last March, her dream came true when she committed to Coastal Carolina University.
“Lacrosse is my passion and I love it, so I want to continue playing as long as I can,” Wagner said.
Photos courtesy of Marianne Pendergast and Michael Noone