Mater Dei girls lacrosse standout Maddie Luer recently announced that she has committed to study and play Division 1 lacrosse at Villanova University.
“Its campus is beautiful and gives the perfect college feel. Villanova is in a great location right outside of Philadelphia, with closer smaller towns surrounding it,” Luer said.
Luer said she was very welcomed when she first set foot on the campus and that Villanova women’s lacrosse coach Jill Batcheller shares similar values with her. Luer also liked the Wildcats’ athletic department, the school spirit and how close the facilities, classes and dorms are to one another.
“Coach Batcheller is a great coach with a great reputation, and is someone I really wanted to play under because I share the same values she does. I’m so grateful to have the chance to play in college. I just started playing lacrosse my freshman year, so I’m happy for the opportunity to keep improving under the guidance of the Villanova coaches and other players,” Luer said.
Luer led the team in goals with 64, assists with 25 and groundballs with 31, while having a shooting percentage of 61.5. As a result of her all-around strong game, Luer was also named the Trinity League MVP this past spring.
“I want to thank all my Mater Dei coaches, especially Coach [Chloe] Silance. All my Mad Dog club coaches also helped me tremendously in my recruiting process in getting me the exposure and practice I needed. Finally, I want to thank Nick Tintle for continuously pushing me to become a better athlete and person. He has helped me improve by so much in the three years that I’ve played lacrosse and has brought me to the level I am at today. I also want to thank Coach Batcheller for the opportunities she has given me to play and study at Villanova,” Luer said.
Luer will be joined by Foothill junior standout Elena Torres, who recently flipped her commitment from Drexel to Villanova.
“Elena has always been a great friend, competitor, and teammate whenever we’ve played against or with each other on the field. I’m happy that we are both going to Villanova together from the West Coast and I’m looking forward to continuing my college career with her,”
Last year, Villanova went 6-11 overall and 4-6 in Big East Conference play. The Wildcats lost in the first round of the Big East Tournament to Denver 16-9.