By Owen Gotimer
Viva Loudoun College Intern
(October 21, 2013) – Stone Bridge High School senior Taylor Pascale has verbally committed to play lacrosse for NCAA Division I Coastal Carolina University starting in 2014-15. Last week Pascale received her acceptance letter from the university.
“It is very exciting being officially accepted into college because it makes me proud to see my hard work on and off the field pay off,” Pascale said. “I chose Coastal because it was the school that I could really see myself being at. I love the campus, the coaches and it has a lot of majors I’m interested in.”
Pascale has continued to be durable through her athletic career as she is continuing her rehabilitation following ACL surgery this summer. Last spring in a contest against district foe Langley, Pascale said she felt her knee pop and later found out she had sprained her MCL.
“About a week later in the last game of our season against Westfield my knee gave out and that was when I tore my ACL and Meniscus,” the 5-foot-6 Pascale said. “Dr. Timothy Johnson did a great job explaining the injury, performing the surgery [on June 10] and encouraging me in my recovery.”
The aftermath of knee surgery includes a long period of rehabilitation, which Pascale says is new for her.
“Physical therapy, for me, at first was very hard because I couldn’t do any of my normal activities since my leg was so weak after surgery,” Pascale said. “I had to work really hard at the most basic movements like bending and straightening my leg, going up and down stairs, and walking.”
Pascale will continue to progress through rehab for the next few months, but says she should be ready to play for the Bulldogs come the spring.
Last spring, Stone Bridge finished 12-5 falling to Westfield High School in the Northern Region quarterfinal.
“My expectation for Stone Bridge is to advance farther in post season play than we ever have before,” said Pascale who was named to the 2013 Cheers Sports and Viva Loudoun All-Loudoun Team.
Her experience and excellence at midfield will assister her in her transition to lacrosse at Coastal Carolina where she will look to help improve the Chanticleers who posted a 5-11 record in 2013.
“It’s a major step going from playing high school to Division 1 lacrosse,” said Pascale who plays club for Cardinal Girls Lacrosse. “Playing at Coastal, I plan to come in, work hard and contribute in any way that the team need.”
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.