By Chris Goldberg
LILacrosseNews.com, Posted 7/11/14
Huntington rising junior midfielder Irina DeSimone has made a verbal commitment to play Division I lacrosse at High Point University.
Irina DeSimone log:
High school: Huntington High School
Year of graduation: 2016
College choice: High Point University
Club affiliation: Team Elevate
Lacrosse honors: 4 year varsity for high school team, All Division, Brine National Team 2012
Academic honors: Honor Roll since 7th grade, Honor Society, Pride Award, All County in Fencing and All Division All Conference in Field hockey
Intended major: Pre Law or Business Management
Who did you choose school? “I chose High Point because it seemed liked the perfect fit for me. I wanted an academically challenging school, with competitive athletics as well. The campus was absolutely beautiful and everyone there was beyond kind. And to add on to the amazing campus were some amazing coaches who I fell in love with already: Lyndsey Boswell, Lauren Norris and Ana Heneberry. Another reason I was so attracted to the school was how quickly the program is rising and becoming a threat, winning the Big South Conference two years in a row and making it into the NCAA tournament. I know for sure this is where I want to spend my four years of college playing lacrosse.”
Looking back at 2014 and ahead to 2015: “This past season, my high school team was coached by Kathy Wright and Molly Burnett and overall we can be described as a powerhouse and force to be reckoned with. No one had seen us as a threat, but we set records beating teams we hadn’t beaten for over 10 years! We also have extremely talented players who seemed to all work together and work as one unit. Game after game we challenged ourselves and made our way into the second round of playoffs, losing to Sayville in overtime, one game away from the County Championships. Although that was a huge disappointment, all but two are returning next year and I am confident we will make it just as far or even further!”
Other comments: “My parents are my biggest supporters and I don’t know where I would be without them. After being adopted from Ukraine and moving here in 1st grade with my two sisters, I asked my dad to play lacrosse. He has been by my side since then coaching and supporting me. Although it was just a game and something I did for fun, I can’t believe how far it has taken me. Its amazing how a sport can change a life, especially mine. Lacrosse has led me to meet incredible people and take me to amazing places, like High Point University. Also, my coaches Dave Kotowski, Vic Kotowski, Bob Smith and my dad, Robert DeSimone, have been the best supporters and have been motivating me since day one.”
Other school considered: Cornell University
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