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2016 True Commitments Roundup - PART 2

By True Lacrosse, 01/06/17, 9:50AM CST


Commitments continued!

Katie Haley (midfield, Maine South High School, IL ’19) commits to the University of Colorado at Boulder

Katie Haley has committed to the University of Colorado at Boulder. Katie has played for the True Illinois Girls Program for the last three-and-a-half years of her six-year playing career. She earned a number of lacrosse honors and awards throughout that time, including being selected to the first-ever True National Girls Team; 2016 Under Armour All-America Midwest Command team; 2016 starting center and captain for True Lacrosse IL 2019 State Team; 2016 Under Armour 150 attendee; 2016 Maine South High School varsity starter, during which time she helped her team to finish 4th in the state and earned 2nd place in goals. She concluded the 2016 season with 54 goals, 24 assists, 47 GB, and 37 CT. While she has focused her efforts on lacrosse, she used to play basketball, travel soccer, and travel softball. She is part of the Photography Club, Key Club, and Varsity Club at Maine South. In 2015-2016, Katie received the Outstanding Artist Award in Photo 1; she also received the Excellence in Performance Award in Biology 1, and maintains a 4.0 GPA. Katie is excited to continue her education and lacrosse career at UC Boulder. “After I made an unofficial visit to Colorado in the fall, I knew CU was the perfect fit for me. Coach Elliott, Coach Frank, and Coach Kempney are awesome, and I love their passion for lacrosse and winning. I am also a firm believer in the cornerstone of their program: hard work, belief, positive attitude, and never give up! Colorado is a great school with superior academic support for their athletes. Lastly, CU Boulder is a beautiful university that has so much to offer its athletes and students.” Katie continued by saying, “I can’t wait to take my game to the next level and learn from one of the best college coaches out there. CU Boulder is such a great college town with awesome support for their athletes. It’s also going to be cool to play in the PAC 12.” Katie is grateful to True Lacrosse and its coaches for helping her reach this next step. “My True coaches challenged me to continue growing my game and pushed me to take my game to the next level. Coach Rich supported me throughout the recruiting process. Coach Rich was my biggest advocate, and she is well respected in the college lacrosse scene. I love playing for True Lacrosse because of my teammates and coaches. My teammates are some of my best friends. And my coaches have been so supportive and have pushed me to be the best, on and off the field.” Before committing to the University of Colorado at Boulder, Katie strongly considered Marquette, Oregon, and Delaware.


Derek Hogel (defense/LSM, McHenry East High School, IL ’17) commits to Illinois Wesleyan University

Derek Hogel has committed to Illinois Wesleyan University. Derek has been playing lacrosse for six years, just one with True Illinois. He has earned a number of awards and honors including Brine All American, Blue Chip 225 All-Star, Fox Valley All Conference, and he is his high school team’s captain and was named team MVP. Derek excels in the classroom as well, and is a member of the National Honor Society and the French Honor Society; he also serves on student government. Derek found the perfect school for his academics and athletics in Illinois Wesleyan. “I chose Illinois Wesleyan because of their great academics and lacrosse program. I plan on studying international business and they offer a great study abroad program in which I’m looking forward to taking part. As soon as I met with the coaching staff, I knew that Illinois Wesleyan was the perfect fit for me.” Derek added, “I’m extremely excited about being able to play lacrosse at a high tempo and competitive level. Also, I’m looking forward to the relationships I’ll make with my teammates throughout my time at IWU. Academically, I’m really looking forward to the challenge of my courses.” In his short time with True, Derek improved from the high-quality training True offers. “True helped me become a better overall player by offering training almost year round,” he said. “The training is run at a fast pace, so I was able to get as many reps as possible. Also, the tournaments we went to gave me great exposure to college coaches around the country. I really liked the amount of times I was able to compete in practice and how well practices were run. I also really enjoyed the amount of time I was able to spend with my team at tournaments.” Before committing to Illinois Wesleyan, Derek strongly considered Lynn University and Belmont-Abbey College.

Kara Jans (midfield/attack, Shaler Area High School, PA ’17) commits to the University of Findlay

Kara Jans has committed to the University of Findlay. A five-year player for the True Pittsburgh Girls Program, Kara has been playing lacrosse for seven years and earned a number of awards throughout her playing career, including, two-time WPIAL champion, ALL-WPIAL, All-Section three-year varsity captain, midfield MVP, and Golden Stick Award recipient. In addition to playing lacrosse, Kara also plays varsity tennis, and is a member of the National Honor Society and Art Honor Society. She will continue her lacrosse career while pursuing a degree in strength and conditioning at the University of Findlay this fall. “The University of Findlay has everything that I am looking for,” she said. “They have an incredible lacrosse program and equally impressive academic programs. I am most looking forward to being a part of a highly competitive team that will work with me to hone my skills.” As part of True Pittsburgh, Kara had multiple opportunities to play in front of college coaches. “True Lacrosse provided me with lots of exposure to different programs and helped me when it came to making my final decision.” She continued: “My favorite part about playing True Lacrosse was playing in tournaments and being a part of a team with people that I became good friends with.” Before committing to the University of Findlay, Kara strongly considered Gardner Webb University and McDaniel College.


Lauren Katayama (midfield/attack, Maine South High School, IL ’18) commits to the University of Massachusetts Lowell

Lauren Katayama has committed to the University of Massachusetts Lowell. A three-year player for True Illinois Girls, Lauren has been playing lacrosse for seven years. She was a First Team All-Conference selection her freshman year; varsity starter freshman and sophomore years; and top scorer of her team her freshman and sophomore years. While she remains undecided, she is interested in perhaps studying business or criminal justice, while continuing her lacrosse career at UMass Lowell. “I chose UMass Lowell because it was a perfect fit for me. The size and atmosphere of the school was perfect and I love how close it is to Boston.” She is excited for all college has to offer. “I believe college is going to be an amazing experience for me academically and athletically. I feel lucky that I was able to find a university that will allow me to be successful in the future. I’m looking forward to being a part of something special as the UMass Lowell program continues to grow. As for lacrosse specifically, I’m just really excited to learn everything I can from my future coaches and teammates. Even though I know playing at the Division 1 level is going to be difficult, there is nothing else I would rather spend my time doing.” Her True experience made the difference in her training and helping her achieve her goals. “Three years ago, I decided to switch from my original club to play at True, and it was one of the best decisions I could have made. As soon as I started playing for True, the coaches were focused on getting me recruited because they knew it was my goal to play in college. Any time I needed help, I was confident that I could reach out and any of my coaches would be able to help me. On the field, there was always such a positive environment, which helped me play better because I was always having fun. I would not have been able to do this without the help of all the True Lacrosse coaches. I genuinely appreciate all that they have done, giving me the opportunity to do more of what I love.” When asked what her favorite part of playing for True Lacrosse was, she responded, “My team. They are the most amazing group of girls you will ever meet. Somehow we got super lucky and the perfect group of girls came together at the perfect time. Practicing and playing with my team forces me to keep pushing myself because of how talented every single girl is. The people that make up this True Family are easily the best part about the program.” Before committing to UMass Lowell, Lauren strongly considered Butler, West Point, and Oregon. 


Reid Lanigan (attack/midfield, Christian Brothers High School, TN ’17) commits to University of Utah

Reid Lanigan has committed to the University of Utah. Reid has been playing lacrosse for eight years, three of those with True Lacrosse Tennessee. Throughout his playing career, Reid has achieved a number of honors including All-Region and All-Metro; he is the leading goal scorer in Christian Brothers’ High School history; he has played for the True National Team, and was a True Tennessee Box League MVP. Reid is a member of the National Honor Society and is a De La Salle Scholar. He will take his game to the next level this fall when he enrolls at the University of Utah. “I chose the University of Utah because of the eminent announcement to become a Division 1 program,” he said. “Also, the knowledge that Coach Holman and his staff bring to the table is something that would be hard to find at any other school. Lastly, the campus itself along with the beautiful facilities convinced me that Utah was the right place for me.” Reid continued, “I am really looking forward to getting on campus and meeting all of my future teammates and growing as a player and a person. Also, I anticipate competing for a Division 1 championship after the transition is made.” Reid credits his coach and the True National program with helping him get recruited. “True Lacrosse has been very helpful throughout the recruiting process. The National Team opened doors for me that eventually led me to decide on Utah. My coach, Collin Welsh, who is the director of True Lacrosse Tennessee, worked very hard in order to help me find the school that was the right fit for me. He pushed me to continue reaching out to schools and he encouraged me every step of the way.” Reid’s favorite part of playing for True “was being able to connect with other True teams throughout the country. Whenever we faced a team from a different area, you could be sure that it was going to be a competitive game.” Before committing to the University of Utah, Reid strongly considered Stevenson, Denison, and Centre.


Gabe Liebetreu (goalie, Grand Haven High School, MI ’17) commits to Queens University of Charlotte

Gabe Liebetreu has committed to Queens University of Charlotte. A two-year True Michigan player, Gabe has been playing lacrosse for seven years. He achieved the Michigan Single Game Saves State Record (30) and Michigan Single Season Saves Record (269); the four-year varsity starter also earned a number of awards including: 2016 Inside Lacrosse Invitational All Star; MHSAA 2016 All Conference; MHSAA 2015 All Conference Honorable Mention; and Grand Haven Team MVP in both 2015 and 2016. Gabe is also a member of the National Honor Society. This fall, he will get the opportunity to continue his academic and athletic career at Queens University of Charlotte, with plans to study business and marketing. “I chose Queens because it was a great school with a great overall athletic and academic package,” he said. “I was looking for schools in the south and fell in love with the city of Charlotte.” He continued, “I’m looking forward to college for the opportunity to study something that I’m really interested in, and get the chance to branch out to another part of the country. I’m most excited to play lacrosse at the next level because of the high level of competition and being a part of a college team.” Gabe’s experience with True Michigan was vital throughout the recruiting process. “True Lacrosse helped me through training and the recruiting process, as it assisted to make me the best player that I could be and get connected with possible schools that were in reach for the player that I am. My favorite part about playing for True Lacrosse was traveling to tournaments out east…and getting to hang out as a team.” Before committing to Queens University of Charlotte, Gabe strongly considered Palm Beach Atlantic University, Skidmore College, and Rollins College.


Evi Malagise (attack/midfield, Blackhawk High School, PA ’17) commits to Allegheny College

Evi Malagise has committed to Allegheny College. She has played lacrosse for five years, the last two with the True Pittsburgh Girls Program. Evi is a three-time letter winner, earned the Rookie of the Year award, was named Offensive Player of the Year, and received the Future Team Captain award with her high school team. She is a member of the National Honor Society, NHS tutor chair, three-time Academic Excellence award winner, and has maintained her place in the top 15% of her class for the last three years. In addition to playing lacrosse, Evi runs cross-country, participates in mock trial, and is a middle school lacrosse coach. Now, she looks forward to playing lacrosse at Allegheny. “I looked for a school with a high standard for academics,” Evi said. “I visited the campus multiple times and loved the opportunities the college offers.” She continued, “I’m looking forward to taking a bunch of different classes, and playing lacrosse with the team.” Her experience with True Pittsburgh Girls helped with her training and recruitment. “True helped me develop and maintain my skill level over the summer. I got a ton of exposure from True, and it really helped me get recruited.” Evi’s favorite part of playing for True was the relationships she made. “The 2017 girls are awesome. I loved how much fun we had during the games and how well we worked together as a team.”


Jack O’Grady (LSM, Glenbard West High School, IL ’18) commits to Furman University

Jack O’Grady has committed to Furman University. He has played lacrosse for seven years, five of those with True Illinois. Although he plays football, hockey, and soccer, he will head to Furman to continue his lacrosse career. “The campus was great,” Jack said, “and it makes me feel right at home. I plan to study economics, business, or chemistry.” Jack is most looking forward to “getting to play against some of the top players in the country,” as part of Furman’s D1 program. Jack is confident True prepared him for the next level. “The practices were hard, which was good because it will prepare me for the road ahead.” He continued by saying that his favorite part of playing for True was “getting to play and hangout with the boys.” Before committing to Furman, Jack strongly considered Mercer, Jacksonville, Dartmouth, Towson, and Salisbury.


Alyssa Pollak (attack, Greensburg Central Catholic, PA ’18) commits to Duquesne University

Alyssa Pollak has committed to Duquesne University. She has played lacrosse for three years, only one with True Pittsburgh Girls. She helped her high school team to winning the state championship and becoming WPIAL champions. The honors student will continue her education at Duquesne next year, where she plans to pursue a degree in medicine. “I chose Duquesne because I think they can offer me lacrosse and academics,” she said. “I enjoy playing lacrosse and I have a passion for the sport.” Her brief time with True Pittsburgh improved her game. “True Lacrosse helped me understand the game and increased my strength,” she said, adding that her favorite part was “learning new skills and working together as a team.” Before committing to Duquesne, Alyssa strongly considered University of Cincinnati, RMU, Hofstra, IUP, and the University of Manhattan.


Reece Potter (midfield, Hartland High School, MI ’19) commits to Towson University

Reece Potter has committed to Towson University. Reece has played for True Michigan for the last three years of his eight-year playing career. The scholar athlete was named to the IL All Tournament team. Reece also plays football, but it’s lacrosse he’ll get to continue at the D1 level at Towson, a school he chose because he “liked the atmosphere, thought the campus was a good fit for me,” adding that he is most looking forward to “the competition.” He plans to study sports management. True Michigan’s coaches helped Reece grow his game and get recruited. “My lax IQ improved as well as my stick skills,” he said. “Playing for True gave me a lot of exposure. My coaches were always available to talk to and guide me.” His favorite part of playing for True Michigan was “meeting new people and friends. Playing competitive teams.” Before committing to Towson, Reece strongly considered Army, UMass, Marquette, and Lehigh.