Lacrosse stars make college choices
Years ago when Scarborough High School senior Kaitlin Price introduced her best friend Miranda Page to lacrosse she never imagined one day sitting next to Page as they signed letters of intent to play the sport at the collegiate level.
On Nov. 12 that became a reality as Prince signed on to play lacrosse at Rollins College, a small liberal arts school founded in 1855 just outside Orlando, Florida alongside Page, who will be playing for Assumption College, a private Roman Catholic college founded in 1904 in Worcester, Massachusetts.
“Sitting up there with Miranda was pretty amazing,” Prince said. “We have been best friends since we were in fifth grade together. I could never have pictured this day. Being up here with my best friend is an experience I will never forget.”
“I owe a lot of this to her,” Page said after the brief ceremony by the Plummer Gymnasium at Scarborough High School.
Page said the more she played lacrosse the more she loved it.
“Once I started playing, I fell in love with it,” Page said. “It’s my favorite sport and I wanted to play it in college.”
Similarly, playing lacrosse in college was something that was always in the back of Prince’s mind. In fact, she had no doubt she would play lacrosse in college. It was just a matter of where.
“I wasn’t going to go to a school where I didn’t play lacrosse,” said Prince, who is interested in studying elementary education while at Rollins. “It’s been my dream since I was a little kid.”
At first she was looking to play at a Division I school, but that changed after a chance encounter with Rollins head coach Dennis Short at a tournament showcase in Massachusetts in January. At the showcase, Prince said she was able to work with several college coaches and liked Short’s coaching style.
“I love the coach there. He seems like the nicest guy. I got along so well with him,” Prince said.
Rollins was the first school in Florida to offer both men’s and women’s lacrosse. Since 2008, when the women’s team was formed, Rollins has won almost 70 percent of its games, compiling a 76-33 record. Coming off back-to back Final Four appearances in 2012 (15-2) and 2013 (16-2), last spring, Rollins finished with an 8-8 record.
Lauren Reid, who has coached Prince through the MAINEiax lacrosse program for the last few years, said Prince has worked hard year-round to improve her game and has the potential to make an impact on the lacrosse team her freshman year.
“Rollins is a very strong program in Florida in DII. They are definitely a contender for a national championship in the coming years,” said Reid, a co-owner and coach with the MAINEiax.
Reid said like Prince, Page will make on instant impact on her team, like she did in summer 2014 with the MAINEiaxs.
“She made a huge difference for our 2014 summer team,” Reid said.
Assumption has had some rough stretches in recent years, including going 9-60 between 2006 and 2010, but head coach Abby Capobianco guided the team to a 9-7 record last spring. It was the program’s second straight winning season and the team’s best record since going 9-6 in 2002.
Page said Capobianco, now in her fifth year as head coach, has created a program that “has a lot of potential.”
After a visit to Assumption, Page felt immediately at home.
“When I visited Assumption, the campus just blew me away. I saw myself doing well there. That’s what really put me over the edge,” said Page, who is interested in studying math or science at Assumption.
Before Page and Prince head off to college next fall, their senior season of lacrosse awaits. The team lost to Thornton Academy in the semifinal round of the playoffs last spring. Scarborough won state championships in 2006, 2010, 2011 and 2012 under former head coach Marcia Wood, who left the program in September after 10 seasons. This spring, Wood will coach the girl’s lacrosse team at Freeport High School, where she teaches math.
“We have been very successful in the past, but last year we didn’t have the end we wanted. I hope to go farther this year,” Page said.
Prince said she would like to end her high school athletic career hoisting the Class A state championship trophy.
“We are hungry. We want it bad,” Prince said. “I just won (a state championship) in field hockey. Having that feeling, I want that in lacrosse. We won it my freshman year, but I didn’t play in the game.
Page and Prince were not the only Scarborough student athletes to sign letters of intent this month to play college athletics. On Tuesday, Nov. 18, Ashley Briggs agreed to play basketball for St. Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire. Briggs, a point guard/shooting guard, has played a big role on the Red Storm girls’ basketball team since her freshman year.
“Her skill set is the best on our team and one of the best in the league,” Scarborough girls’ basketball coach Mike Giordano told the Leader last season.
“She can do it all,” he added. “She can dribble, she can pass, she can shoot, but what I think she does best is defend. Not only do we ask her to score, we ask her to defend the opponent’s best player. There is no question she can handle that role.”
The St. Anselm women’s basketball team finished the 2013-2014 season with a record of 15-12, losing in the first round of Northeast 10 playoffs to Le Moyne College. The team is 2-0 so far this season.
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