By Owen Gotimer
Viva Loudoun College Intern
(December 7, 2013) – Freedom High School senior Jannel Daufenbach signed her National Letter of Intent to continue her lacrosse success at Mount St. Mary’s University beginning in the 2014-2015 academic year.
“Oh man. I can’t even describe it,” the 5-foot-8 Daufenbach said of her official commitment. “The entire recruiting process was slow and painful, but once I officially committed, every single ounce of stress and anxiety I had about college went away. I could breathe easy and get excited about college and that initial excitement still hasn’t gone away!”
Daufenbach spent last spring in Colorado, while the Freedom Eagles finished the 2013 season 8-8 dropping their final game to Battlefield High School in the Cedar Run District semifinals.
Mount St. Mary’s finished their season 7-11 and 6-3 in the Northeast Conference. In 2015, Daufenbach will join former teammate and Freedom graduate Megan Gluck on the field for the Division I Mountaineers. Daufenbach said Gluck is the only reason she even looked into the Mount St. Mary’s program.
“Neither me nor my family had ever heard of Mount St. Mary’s before,” the Salt Lake City-native said. “It wasn’t until I was driving home from a tournament with my parents one day and we stopped by the campus to check it out. While walking around the campus, I fell in love with the scenery and I instantly felt comfortable there.”
Family plays a major role in Daufenbach’s lacrosse life as her two older brothers played lacrosse from the time she was young. She said she started playing organized lacrosse when she was in the fifth grade.
“When I saw [my brothers] passing around in our backyard, my first instinct was to pick up a stick,” said Daufenbach who will play both midfield and attack for the Mountaineers. “I had never even seen a lacrosse stick before, but once I got the hang of it, I really enjoyed it. When we went to their games, I paid attention to everything.”
Daufenbach said her brothers played other sports but lacrosse was the one that caught her attention the most because it was a mixture of many other sports.
“You have to use your whole body. It’s fast paced yet demanding: both physically and mentally. I love how empowering it is,” Daufenbach said. “It’s been a stable constant in my life, and a source of confidence for me.
“I’ve been able to meet so many great people through lacrosse. Some of which are my closest friends. Lacrosse has also opened so many doors for me. Without it, I wouldn’t be going to Mount St. Mary’s! It’ safe to say that I would not be the person I am today if it wasn’t for lacrosse.”
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.