Katelyn Mongold (defense, Hoffman Estates High School, IL ’19) commits to Northern Michigan University
Katelyn Mongold has committed to Northern Michigan University. Katelyn has been playing lacrosse for two years, during which time she also played for True Illinois Girls. In addition to playing lacrosse, Katelyn also played varsity basketball, for which she was a two-time captain; she also played Illinois Hoop Dreams Basketball. She was named an IHSA Scholar Athlete, and the Spirit of the Hawk award. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Principal’s Honor Roll every semester, and made the State Vocal Competition Level D1. Katelyn is interested in pursuing a degree in the Science field - possibly Pre-Physician Assistant or Forensic Biochemistry - when she attends Northern Michigan University. “I chose Northern Michigan for the beauty of the campus and the friendliness of the students,” she said. “The girls on the lacrosse team are really fun, too! The classes are on the small size for a state university, and the faculty are leaders in their fields. They also have the first cold-climate body farm for scientific study.” She continued, “I’m looking forward to making new friends and having new adventures at school. I chose a college out of state so that I can experience a variety of new things.” Katelyn’s two years with True Illinois Girls improved her skills and helped throughout her recruitment. “True Lacrosse took my beginner skills and taught me how to really play lacrosse. My stick skills have increased and my defensive movement gets better every time we play or practice. The staff at True answered questions for me about the recruiting process and helped advocate for me with college coaches. I know the coaches always represented me well.” She concluded by saying, “My favorite part about playing for True is the people that I’ve gotten to work with. The girls on the team are a lot of fun, and it’s nice to have friends from all over the Chicago area. Playing against them in the high school season is fun, too. The coaching staff has taught me a lot about the game and about how to present myself as a student athlete.” Before committing to Northern Michigan, Katelyn strongly considered the University of Findlay and the University of Detroit Mercy.
Kerry O’Malley (defense, York Community High School, IL ’18) commits to the University of Chicago
Kerry O’Malley has committed to the University of Chicago. Kerry has played lacrosse for eight years, the last six years with True Illinois Girls. She also plays tennis. With her sights set on a degree in Computer Science, Kerry chose the University of Chicago for its excellent academic reputation, and she looks forward to “being able to continue my lacrosse career and meet new people on my team.” Of her six years with True Girls, Kerry said, “I was always able to play at a high level and improve my playing. I was able to connect with coaches through tournaments I went to through True,” adding that her favorite part of her True experience was her team. Before committing to the University of Chicago, Kerry strongly considered Miami University, Purdue University, and Washington University.
Abbey Pouba (midfield/attack, Lyons Township High School, IL ’18) commits to University of Chicago
Abbey Pouba has committed to the University of Chicago. Abbey has been playing lacrosse for nine years, four of those with True Illinois Girls. In 2017, Abbey was named an Esmark All American; she was also nominated for ACE, and participated in the Under Armour Uncommitted Showcase. The honor student is a member of the National Honor Society and the Italian National Honor Society. She participates in Best Buddies, Peer Leadership, and the Italian Club. This fall, she plans to pursue a degree in Computer Science when she attends the University of Chicago. “I fell in love with the campus and the superiority of its academics,” she said of her decision to attend UChicago, adding that it, “offers everything I could ever want in college and in the future and playing lacrosse just adds to that perfection for me.” She continued, “I am most looking forward to being independent and meeting a ton of new people. I can’t wait to be part of a lacrosse family 24/7 and explore all the new tricks and skills of the next level.” Abbey played for True Girls State and National teams, which helped prepare her for the next level. “True made me believe that there really is a place for everyone. I was pulled into the family the minute I met the team and the coaches ever only gave me confidence through bettering my skills.” She added, “My favorite part about playing for True is that it really is a big family. The coaches and players push each other to be their best and yet we still all know how to have fun while doing that. True is the best club I have ever played for and they truly care for each and every player and coach they have.” Before committing to UChicago, Abbey strongly considered Tufts University, the University of Oregon, and UC Davis.
Amer Shafiq (midfield, Lockport Township High School, IL ’18) commits to Benedictine University
Amer Shafiq has committed to Benedictine University. Amer has been playing lacrosse for five years, and three years with True Illinois. He earned First Team All Conference his junior year. He chose Benedictine to help achieve his career goals. “I plan to be an orthodontist, and Benedictine has a great health science program,” he said, adding that he is most looking forward to “the experience to play with new teammates and harder challenges to overcome.” A member of the True Southside program, Amer said, “True Lacrosse exposed me and helped me become a better player by competing against better competition.” His favorite part of playing for True was “meeting players from all around the state and being able to play with and against them.” Before committing to Benedictine, Amer strongly considered Aurora University.
Samuel Sidari (midfield, St. Francis High School, IL ’18) commits to Florida Tech University
Samuel Sidari has committed to Florida Tech University. Sam has been a member of the True Illinois State teams for the last three years of his seven-year playing career. He was a three-time varsity All Conference selection; he was also named a Midwest Elite Top 80 All Star, and earned a spot on the True National team. In addition to lacrosse, the honor roll student also plays football. He’ll take his game to Florida Tech this fall, a school that had everything he was looking for. “I chose Florida Tech because it was a good fit academically and athletically. I am planning on studying computer science and Florida Tech is a great technical school to offer that kind of academics. There are various opportunities to study a good major that will benefit you in the future. Florida Tech was a great fit because I could do that while having the opportunity to play lacrosse at a beautiful campus. The school is close to some of my family in Florida, which is exciting because they will get to come watch me play at the next level.” Sam continued, “I am most looking forward to the opportunity to play with a very talented group of lacrosse players that are striving to win a championship. I am excited to further my knowledge in the sport and to work on my craft at the next level while getting a great education.” True’s step-by-step recruiting guidance helped Sam achieve his goal of playing at the next level. “True has helped me immensely throughout the recruiting process. True takes us to the best tournaments in the country where I have the opportunity to showcase my talents in front of dozens of college coaches. My True coaches have vouched for me by calling the colleges that I am interested in and making sure that I am on their radar. They have taught me the lacrosse skills and IQ that is necessary to bring to the collegiate level.” He concluded by saying, “My favorite part about playing for True is having the opportunity to travel the country playing at some of the best tournaments in the nation and competing at the highest level I possibly can. I also love the True atmosphere during practice that pushes you to be better. I have also created a family with True and have gotten to know some guys that I will play against in college.” Before committing to Florida Tech, Sam strongly considered Mount St. Mary’s, Wingate University, and Colorado Mesa.
Sophie Sorenson (midfield, Adlai Stevenson High School, IL ’19) commits to the University of Connecticut
Sophie Sorenson has committed to the University of Connecticut. Sophie has played lacrosse for five years, four of those with True Illinois Girls on the 2019 State Team. Sophie was selected to the True National Team (2017), and earned a number of honors throughout her career, including: All State Honorable Mention (2017); 1st Team All Conference (2016/17); 1st in state for interceptions; Stevenson High School record holder for total points scored in a single season (94 points in 2017). In addition to lacrosse, Sophie also plays varsity volleyball, and placed 3rd in the state of Illinois’ top division; earned All State Honorable Mention; placed first in the state of Illinois for service aces as a sophomore and junior; was named one of the Top 10 Volleyball Players in the Class of 2019 in Illinois; and Top 150 worldwide in age division. She participated in the Crossfit Open Competition in 2016. Sophie was also named to the North Suburban Conference All Academic Team. Next year, she’ll head to the east coast to pursue her academic and athletic goals. “I chose University of Connecticut because I love the campus and the atmosphere it offers its athletes. The school spirit is incomparable and I love big schools with lots of spirit,” she said, continuing by saying she is most looking forward to “getting better at the sport I love and building new relationships with the girls on the team. I’m excited to get the real college experience while playing an amazing sport and getting a great education and building new friendships.” Sophie has improved her game since playing for True Girls, helping her to reach the next level in her playing career. “The True Lacrosse program really helped me get my skill level to the level I am at now and has really furthered my caliber of play to where I want it to be. They have made me a better athlete and a strong competitor.” Of her favorite parts of playing for True Lacrosse, Sophie said, “My top two things that I love would be playing the sport, but also the bonds and friendships I have created throughout my last five years of playing on the 2019 state team. I love the people that I play with and I think that it’s so important to have good team chemistry in order to have a successful team.” Before committing to UConn, Sophie strongly considered VCU, UMBC, Louisville, Butler, St. Francis, and CMU.
Jake Stegman (attack, Naperville Central High School, IL ’19) commits to Marquette University
Jake Stegman has committed to Marquette University. Jake has played lacrosse for eight years, seven with True Lacrosse. He was selected to the Maverik Showtime Camp during his career. With plans to study business, Jake said he chose Marquette for the “great academics, lacrosse program, coaching staff, and campus.” He added that he is most looking forward to “playing in a very competitive conference while receiving a great education.” Playing with True Lacrosse “put me in front of college coaches at showcases/summer tournaments.” His favorite part of True was “meeting new people and traveling the East Coast.” Before committing to Marquette, Jake strongly considered UMass, Hobart, and Wagner.
Logan Szabo (defense, Providence Catholic High School, IL ’18) commits to St. Ambrose University
Logan Szabo has committed to St. Ambrose University. Logan has been playing lacrosse for five years; he has been with True Lacrosse for one year. At Providence, he was a three-year varsity starter on their lacrosse team. He is also a 2nd degree black belt in Taekwondo. Additionally, he plays football and earned 2nd honors at Providence. He plans to pursue a degree in psychology and business when he attends St. Ambrose this fall. “St. Ambrose is the type of school I was looking for,” he said. “Small enough that you can get to know most of the students, teachers, and to feel like you are part of a community. Big enough to eventually meet people from different backgrounds and hopefully get to learn more about their culture and way of life.” Logan continued, “I am looking forward to being on my own and will continue to develop the best version of myself for the future. I believe that attending St. Ambrose will help me achieve this. When I met the St. Ambrose lacrosse coach, I quickly knew that I wanted to play for this coach. I believe in his program and his coaching style. I believe his team will have the kind of brotherhood and bond that is necessary to have a successful lacrosse program.” As part of True’s Southside Program, Logan strengthened his skills and his love of the game. “Coach Phil Vertin and Eric Orndorf have been so awesome since I switched over to True Lacrosse. It was their coaching style and method that really developed my game play and lacrosse IQ to an entirely elevated level in such a short time. Their faith in me drove me to work harder than ever as they helped me realize my potential as a lacrosse player and helped me achieve the skills I needed to get noticed by college coaches.” He concluded by saying his favorite part of True Lacrosse was, “playing for Coach Phil and Coach Eric. The teams they coach are fun but still have a competitive drive. Winning is not always the goal. More importantly, they have taught me to enjoy playing the game of lacrosse, to develop and fine tune my skills, and to promote a team bond. I will always associate the development of my lacrosse skills to True Lacrosse.” Before committing to St. Ambrose, Logan strongly considered Bellarmine University, Tusculum College, Oglethorpe University, Muskingum University, Lindenwood University, Wilmington College, and Earlham College.
Ryan Whitney (defense, Minooka Community High School, IL ’18) commits to Calvin College
Ryan Whitney has committed to Calvin College. Ryan has played for True Illinois for one year, and has played lacrosse for three years. He was a two-time All Conference selection. He also plays football and has been named to the honor roll at Minooka Community High School four times. This fall, he’ll get to continue his playing career in Grand Rapids when he attends Calvin College. “I chose Calvin College because of its prestigious academic programs and because it felt like somewhere I would enjoy spending my college years,” he said, adding that he is most looking forward to “playing at a high level against great competition.” Ryan said his one year with True “helped me immensely. Without True Lacrosse, I would not be playing lacrosse in college.” His favorite part of playing for True was “going to competitive tournaments and having a good time with my teammates and coaches.” Before committing to Calvin, Ryan strongly considered the University of Dubuque, Marian University, Trine University, and Davis and Elkins College.