Senior midfielder Hailee Andry of Mater Dei High School will attend and play lacrosse next year at Kent State University in Ohio. Kent State is a brand new Division I Women’s Lacrosse program that will begin play in 2019.
“In my college search, it was at the utmost importance that my future university was a larger school that not only had a competitive lacrosse team but also challenging academia,” Andry said via email. “It was also imperative for it to have a football team, due to my spirited nature, and a reputable business program.”
The Golden Flashes are coached by Brianne Tierney, daughter of University of Denver Men’s Lacrosse coach Bill Tierney . She is married to Cleveland State men’s lacrosse coach Dylan Sheridan.
The opportunity to play for Coach Tierney and the campus environment weighed heavily in Andry’s decision.
“One thing that made Kent State stand out from the rest was the opportunities I saw for new and different experiences based on the location geographically and the change in atmosphere,” she said. “Being someone that enjoys change and adventure, I found this in their seasons. The only thing that helped make my decision so easy, other than the compelling coaching personality and impressive background of Coach Tierney, was the homey feeling I had as soon as the plane landed in Akron and continued through my whole trip, from walking on campus to visiting the local college town.”
Mater Dei lost five players from the class of 2017 to NCAA Division I programs. Andry is ready to provide senior leadership this season in the quest for a third consecutive Southern Section Championship.
“I’m looking forward to having a memorable senior year and plan on going out with a bang,” she said. “I’m extremely excited for this upcoming season and so proud of how far our girls have come from the beginning of the school year and how much time and effort they have dedicated to the team. I am determined to silence the doubt that has been surrounding the loss our five Division I-bound seniors last year. My personal goal for this season is to persevere through the rigorous schedule that Coach [Cressita] Bowman has set up for us and finish strong with academic excellence.”
With so much to look forward to, Andry still found time to reflect back on the journey and those who have helped her reach this point.
- “I simply cannot count all the people that helped me get to where I am today,” she said, from Coach Jackie Bishop, the person that helped me fall in love with the sport, to my high school coach, Cressita Bowman, that helped me stay in love with the sport.”
- As far as the recruiting process, I’d like to give a huge shoutout to my West Coast Starz club coach, Rebecca Kingsbury, who assisted me throughout these challenging times. Of course I could not have done it without my amazing teammates by my side that have been a constant source of support and continue to help me push myself everyday. I’d also like to thank Mater Dei for preparing me, and giving me the amazing opportunities not only academically but also with being able to have met amazing trainers, teachers and my awesome guidance counselor Mrs. Young. Nick Tintle at Athlete’s Choice has been a key component to raising my level of play to be at par with the competitive and demanding Division I.”
- “Saving the best for last, I want to send my love to my friends and family, but most importantly my parents. They have been my ultimate models of hard work and success in my life. Everything from paying for all the expenses that come with the sport without question, to my mom washing my inside out smelly socks every day. I love, appreciate, and thank God every day for putting each and every one of these special people in my life and so many more!”