From BBA to Bucknell, Morgantini finds her place
Throughout her junior and senior year, she looked for schools that had an exceptional academic program in addition to a lacrosse program she could be a part of. The liberal arts school in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania seemed to be the perfect match. "Both of my parents went to Bucknell. My dad played lacrosse there, and their engineering program is top notch," she said.
Although Morgantini never signed a national letter of intent, she still had a dream to play lacrosse at the collegiate level. This summer she trained with Jamie Blake, the newly hired BBA girls varsity lacrosse coach.
"Lydia is incredibly smart and a very well rounded player with a heck of a worth ethic. She's the kind of players coaches love to work with. She was an attacker when I first started before quickly becoming a midfielder. Now she's a defender at Bucknell. At every practice, she didn't blink. She wanted to learn and learn more in preparation for the next level at a well-respected division I program," Blake said.
Morgantini expressed immediate interest to head coach Remington Steele when she arrived on campus. She participated in two practices with the team before she was invited to a team bonding event. At the conclusion, Steele told his players to tidy their lockers so they would look like number 32's. "`Coach, we don't have a number 32.' He said, `Oh that's right. Lydia, do you want it?' I was speechless and couldn't stop smiling as everyone cheered."
Morgantini advises students interesting in walking on to any college team to "Reach out to the coach and put yourself out there. You can't make it if you don't try, especially when you have nothing to lose."
Coach Blake believes there are programs for anyone that wants to play at any level in college, especially those who grew up playing in Vermont. "There's no reason why our club and high school teams can't reflect that," she said.
Although athletic programs can appear daunting, Blake hopes more high school students will utilize their innate belief and confidence in themselves in order to achieve their goals, like Morgantini did.
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