By Owen Gotimer
Viva Loudoun College Intern
(November 19, 2013) – Loudoun Valley High School senior Corley Simons signed her National Letter of Intent on Monday afternoon committing to play lacrosse at Bucknell University beginning in the 2014-2015 school year.
“It’s definitely a tremendous relief to have my college selection process finished,” the 5-foot-10 Simons said. “I’m incredibly grateful for the opportunity to play lacrosse at the next level and attend such a prestigious university.”
A Purcellville native, Simons says her decision to attend Bucknell has more incentives than just the Division I Bison’s women’s lacrosse program which went 5-12 in 2013 including a 1-5 record in the Patriot League.
“Bucknell appealed to me not only because I had the opportunity to play lacrosse, but also because of the school’s academic standing,” Simons said. “They have a great biology program. I’m planning on studying cellular biology and biochemistry.”
On the lacrosse field, Simons helped the Loudoun Valley Vikings to victory in a VHSL state quarterfinal match-up in 2013 – a game in which she scored six goals.
The Vikings finished the spring season 17-5 including appearances in both the Dulles District and Northern Sectional championship games where they lost both games to their rival Woodgrove Wolverines. Of late, Western Loudoun schools have dominated girl’s lacrosse in the county.
“Growing up, there were two neighborhood families that were instrumental in the development of lacrosse in Western Loudoun County,” said Simons who was named to the Cheers Sports and Viva Loudoun All-Loudoun Team in 2013. “The Daddio and Harkey families both had children who played lacrosse, and it was their influence that brought me to the sport. I enjoy the team camaraderie, the competitiveness and the finesse of women’s lacrosse. There is always a skill that I can improve and that keeps me motivated.”
Before moving up north to Lewisburg, Pennsylvania to play for Bucknell, Simons will need to continue to mold her skills in order to add to her strengths while improving on her weaknesses. However, Simons says she has the brain-and-heart tools necessary to succeed at the Division I level.
“I’m a passionate, multi-deminsional player. I started playing in fifth grade with Western Loudoun Lacrosse and I’ve loved the game ever since,” said Simons who will play both midfield and defense for the Bison. “What I intend to bring to the Bucknell program is an unquenchable team spirit, an openness to learn and a desire to succeed.”
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.