By Owen Gotimer
Viva Loudoun College Intern
(October 9, 2013) – Stone Bridge High School senior Megan Ellis has verbally committed to play lacrosse for NCAA Division III Mary Washington University starting in the 2014-2015 school year.
“Mary Washington has so many of the things I was looking for in a college,” the 5-foot-11 Ellis said. “I love the town of Fredericksburg. The lacrosse program there has a lot of potential, too. The team just got a new coach and I am so excited to see how this season goes for them.”
Just over an hour drive from Ashburn, Mary Washington is located in a prime location for many student-athletes, including Ellis, who want to stay close to home. At this close distance, Ellis’ parents should be able to make the trek down to Fredericksburg to watch her play in 2015.
“My parents are my role models,” Ellis said. “They have always encouraged me to try my best and do what I love. They have always been there for me at every single game, no matter what sport, and I hope that I can be just like them when I grow up.”
Raised in Ashburn where she has the opportunity to play at one of the most decorated public schools in Loudoun County in Stone Bridge, Ellis will try to rally the Bulldogs to improve upon their 13-4 season in 2013.
“I think we have a lot of potential as a team this year,” said Ellis who also plays for the Cardinal Girls Lacrosse Club. “We’re going to have over ten seniors and I think that we all share the same goal and want to make our last season the best. I hope that I can be a leader on and off the field as a senior this year.”
The Eagles will have seven seniors for the 2014 season including Briar Woods graduate Priscilla Smith. Along with fellow LCPS graduates including Loudoun Valley alum Maggie Beglau and Woodgrove alum Ashlyn Dacey, Smith and the rest of the Mary Washington Eagles will work to add to a 14-5 season in 2013 when they finished 6-2 in the Capital Athletic Conference.
“I love how intense [the Eagles] practices and workouts are, and I can’t wait to jump right in there and start playing with them,” said Ellis who will play midfield in college. “The team atmosphere is so great and I really think that I’m going to be able to work well with the team.”
Owen Gotimer is a graduate of Heritage High School in Leesburg and is currently a sophomore at Syracuse University. Follow Owen on Twitter (@BigO_Gotimer) for up-to-date college signings. Contact us if you want Owen to do an article on the college commitment of your favorite local athlete.