High-scoring Agoura junior Lauren Harrison announced Thursday she has committed to play NCAA Division I lacrosse at Mount St. Mary’s University in Maryland.
For Harrison, it’s a homecoming of sorts. She grew up in Maryland and moved to California before starting high school. In two seasons with the Chargers, she certainly has made an impact. Harrison scored 111 goals as a freshman, helping Agoura go 18-1 and win the 2014 US Lacrosse Southern Section North championship. She followed that with 81 goals last spring.
“Lauren has been an amazing player to coach,” Agoura coach Steve Omlor said via email. “She has a great passion for the sport that you admire and hope your other athletes look to strive towards.”
These calves are officially going D1! The Mount class of 2021 💙 pic.twitter.com/JGHoNcqB8E
— lauren harrison (@laurharr22) February 11, 2016
“The Mount” plays in the Northeast Conference with schools such as Bryant and Wagner. Last season, the Mountaineers finished 6-11 overall but went 5-2 in the NEC, tied for second.
After a 1-9 start to the season under first-year coach Lauren Schwarzmann, they won five of their last six — including a 9-8 road win at league champion Bryant — to qualify for the NEC tournament. The Mount is picked third in the 2016 NEC preseason coaches poll.
“If it weren’t for the California bias in the sport,” Coach Omlor said, “I think she would be playing at a very high level D-I program. She has developed leadership qualities, and her drive to win and be the best will push her far in life beyond the lacrosse field.”