Sterling, VA (August 24, 2015) – Potomac Falls senior attack Sydney Knego has committed to play lacrosse for Savannah College of Art and Design beginning the 2016-2017 academic school year.
“It felt great, but also a little scary when I formally committed in early July, said Knego. I will only be a plane ride from home, but having the support from the other girls on the team will make the transition much easier. Because I lived in Savannah for two years, I am familiar with the city and the historic district, which was a lot of fun.”
“My recruiting experience with SCAD was really good. They came to a number of club games. When I visited the campus, I had a chance to practice with the team, stayed the night in a dorm, and spent a day touring the campus and its facilities. Savannah is a really beautiful city!”
The Savannah College of Art and Design is recognized as the leader in defining art and design education. The main college campus in located throughout historic district of downtown Savannah, Georgia. Many buildings are laden with monuments, live oaks and a Southern-Gothic feel. With over 40 majors and 60-plus minors, SCAD offers more degree programs and specializations than any other art and design university. In 2014 its top five majors were animation, graphic design, illustration, fashion and film, and television; its top five minors were storyboarding, graphic design, business management, creative writing, and concept art for games.
“Ever since I was a little, I’ve always loved making and editing movies and videos, said Knego. SCAD has one of the best film and television programs in the world. A career like this will open up so many possibilities besides a traditional desk job, which isn’t for me. Another important reason I committed was that SCAD has a very competitive and successful lacrosse program. They just won the NWLL Championship in 2015, their third in four years. They also offered me a really good scholarship! I really felt it was a great situation for me.”
Knego’s head coach will be, Adrienne Berkland. Coach Berkland is entering her second season as head coach of the women’s lacrosse team after taking over the program in August 2014. In her first season at the helm, Berkland led the Bees to a 15-2 record and won the NWLL national championship. Berkland played lacrosse at Bridgewater State, where she was named the New England Women’s Lacrosse Association Defensive Player of the Year and was named to the First Team All-Conference Team as a senior in 2008. As one of three captains, Bridgewater went undefeated in league play and was league champion her senior year.
“Coach Berkland likes my speed, scoring and assisting abilities, in addition to my knowing when to control the game pace to better set up the team for a play, said Knego. I hope to contribute in these ways and more once I set foot on campus.”
Potomac Falls’ girls lacrosse head coach, Jim Birks shared similar sentiments about Knego. “Sydney received All-State Offensive Player of the Year honors due to her quickness, lacrosse IQ and incredible shooting speed, said Birks. She causes opponents to make significant defensive adjustments which creates opportunities for our other offensive players to score.”
When she first picked up a stick back in 5th grade, Knego knew she’d love the game, and has been playing ever since. Although, asked about one of her fondest memories playing high school lacrosse Knego shared, “I’m all about working with others toward a common goal, so naturally I appreciate the friendships that come with being on a team. Potomac Falls has improved each year and we made it all the way to the state championship. Winning it all next year will be a very fond memory!”
“My parents have been so supportive from the beginning all the way through club teams and college visits. My coaches have been great and all my teammates have been wonderful. My private coach, Linsey Wheland, always keeps me motivated. She just had her second child and worked with me right up until her delivery date both times!”
When asked what advice she’d share with other pursuing their dream, Knego replied, “Do what you love and follow your own path. Don’t be afraid to lose and don’t be afraid to win.”
Please join us in wishing Sydney Knego the very best in her success on the lacrosse field and in the classroom as she works towards a fine arts degree in television and film production from the Savannah College of Art and Design.
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