Corona del Mar senior Lauren Rowe has committed to attend and play NCAA Division 3 women’s lacrosse at Chapman University. Rowe finished last season with 12 points (9 goals, 3 assists) and the second highest shooting percentage on the team (0.692).
After spending the fall exploring several options stretching from coast to coast, Rowe decided that Chapman’s combination of athletics, academics, and proximity to home was the right choice.
“I had a number of official recruiting visits last fall from Santa Barbara all the way out to Boston to visit Wellesley College,” Rowe said by email. “Coach Fitzpatrick at Chapman had been recruiting me since I participated in a camp at UCSB. Chapman was my last official visit and I just felt really comfortable meeting the team and loved the vibrant atmosphere at Chapman. Also, I knew the school would provide me with a great balance between academics and athletics. Chapman being just 20 minutes from our home in Newport Beach is an added benefit in that my family can continue to watch me play in college.”
With the visits and her college decision behind her, Rowe is ready to focus on helping CdM to another winning year. The class of 2017 set a high bar for the program by winning the Pacific Coast League championship last season and making it to the playoffs all four years. Rowe knows that the leadership torch has been passed to the class of 2018, and as one of only four seniors on the roster this year, she has accepted the responsibility.
“My personal goal is to be a great team leader and support the development of the younger girls in the program,” Rowe said, ” just like upperclassmen at CDM LAX did for me. That support helped me develop a winning attitude and be a better player. Also, I want to win our league Championship again and I look forward to beating our rival Newport Harbor.”
With so much to look forward to, Rowe took a moment to reflect on those who helped her reach her goals.
“I want to acknowledge my parents for their constant support and encouragement from the time I took up lacrosse in eighth grade,” Rowe reminisced. “My Dad in particular, besides almost never missing a game, constantly helped me believe I could keep getting better and compete at any level. Also too numerous to name, I’d like to thank all my coaches from various club teams and at CDM.”