By Owen Gotimer
Viva Loudoun College Intern
(January 16, 2014) – Stone Bridge High School senior Claire Chadwick signed Jan. 16 to continue her lacrosse career at Christopher Newport University starting in the 2014-2015 school year.
“I knew CNU was my dream school the second I stepped on campus,” the 5-foot-7 Chadwick said. “With 5,000 students, it is the exact size I was looking for. I also love the location, as it’s right by Virginia Beach. I became interested in their leadership program. I knew it was where I wanted to be and it’s the only place I applied.”
The Division III Captains had a perfect conference season in 2013, finishing 8-0 in the USA South Athletic Conference. Christopher Newport finished 18-3 overall, before falling to the eventual NCAA DIII Champion Salisbury University in the second round of the tournament.
“I’m ready to add whatever the Captains need,” said the Delaware-native. “I’m a coachable player and I’m so excited to be offered this opportunity. I’m going to give my all to CNU. Playing there is a dream come true.”
Chadwick said when the Captains’ head coach Carolyn Raveia asked her to attend an official visit, she started freaking out.
“Honestly, being committed to play in college is such a blessing. I never thought I would have the chance to do this,” said Chadwick who also plays lacrosse for Future Elite. “When [Raveia] asked me if I was ready to commit, I nearly fell out of my chair. Playing lacrosse at CNU became my goal but I wasn’t sure how it could ever happen. God let everything fall into place and I couldn’t be more happy!”
Before starting her journey at CNU – joining Broad Run graduate Lindsay Weaver and Stone Bridge graduate Caitlin Osbourne – Chadwick has one season left with the Stone Bridge Bulldogs. Last season, the Bulldogs went 12-5 before falling to Westfield High School in the Northern Region quarterfinal.
“I expect Stone Bridge to do really well this season,” said Chadwick who will have Coastal Carolina commit Taylor Pascale and Mary Washington commit Megan Ellis by her side this spring “Whenever we all see each other during school we yell ‘States!’ It’s our way of getting pumped up for this spring. Everyone is ready to work hard.”
Chadwick has had to work extremely hard to get recruited as a collegiate lacrosse player as she did not starting playing the sport until the spring of 2011.
“The week before tryouts, I picked up a stick. I had no clue what I was doing,” said Chadwick who said teammate and Haverford commit Molly Lausten taught her the basics just before tryouts. “I made JV [my] freshman year, which shocked me. I instantly fell in love with lacrosse. I knew I was years behind all the other girls who had started when they could walk. I played all year and made varsity sophomore year.”
While Chadwick says she loves the atmosphere, speed and team chemistry aspects of lacrosse, she notes lacrosse helps her in much more important aspects of life.
“Lacrosse is so beneficial for girls. I’ve seen the way it increases confidence, keeps girls out of bad situations, and creates life-long friendships,” Chadwick said. “I’m so thankful to all the people who have helped me, especially my teammates, my coaches and my parents.
“My dad and mom drove me around to so many tournaments and I can’t thank them enough for the time they have invested into this. My dad also made sure to always tell me where I was messing up, which has helped a huge amount. Even though he won’t admit it, I know he’s my No. 1 fan.”
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.