By Chris Goldberg
LILacrosseNews.com, Posted 12/3/11
Wantagh senior center/midfield Kaleigh Craig has signed a National Letter of Intent to play Division I lacrosse at Northwestern University.
Kaleigh Craig log:
High School: Wantagh High School
Graduation Year: 2012
College Choice: Northwestern University
Club Affiliation: Long Island Wave
Major lacrosse honors: All-County 2010, 2011; Long Island School Girls 1st team in 10th grade; Northwestern camps at St.Johns in Oakdale, NY and at Northwestern.
Academic honors: “National Honor Society; Foreign Language Honor Society; top ten in my class; High Honor Roll for my high school.”
What will you major in/study? Undecided/Journalism and Communications.
Why did you choose Northwestern? “Since I was a kid I have been going to Northwestern camps here on the island and have been a huge fan of their lacrosse team. Honestly I never expected to be one of the girls that would be lucky enough to go to Northwestern. I love the story of how the team started, and how they won their first National Championship in the fourth year that Kellie Amonte was their coach. I am constantly inspired by the team and by Kellie. I also fell in love with the campus when I visited and I know that it’s the absolute perfect school for me.”
What is your HS team’s outlook for next year? “We are going to be a very strong team this coming season and I have so much confidence in our girls. All of us are so excited for the season to start up again and hope to have a shot at a championship this year.”
Additional comments: “In May of last year, 2010, our team was playing in the Semi-Final round of playoffs. In the first thirty seconds of the game, I tore my ACL in my right knee. I missed my summer leading into my junior year which is the most important summer for recruiting.
Even with my injury, Northwestern was recruiting me and in October 2010 I committed to play for them in college. I trained very hard to get back into game shape and I was all ready to play when the season started up in March 2011.
Towards the end of April we had our game against Farmingdale. This was our ninth game of the season, and in the last minute of the game I tore my ACL in my left knee. I called the coaches at Northwestern and the first thing they said after I told them what had happened was, “Nothing changes with us.” They have stuck with me through both of these major injuries I’ve had and it has meant everything to me.
I am currently in training again preparing for our upcoming season. These injuries have made me a much stronger person and I have learned and grown so much because of them. I’m totally ready to get back on the field and play some serious lacrosse.”