Mater Dei Monarchs’ sophomore midfielder Tess Keiser has verbally committed to play NCAA Division 1 women’s lacrosse at Arizona State University. Keiser plans to enroll in the prestigious Walter Cronkite School of Journalism, and combine her love for journalism and lacrosse into one strong foundation.
Keiser said other west coast schools in California and Colorado were in the mix, but found a match in ASU.
“The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism is a top notch program that caught my eye right away,” Keiser said. “I’m also very intrigued by the idea of playing for a brand new team. The lacrosse team will be entering its third year when I’m a freshman, and I’m so excited to be a part of its foundation.”
As a freshman, Keiser scored two goals in 18 games for the Monarchs.
Mater Dei girls lacrosse head coach Cressita Bowman emphasized Keiser’s strong work ethic.
“I’ve had the privilege of coaching Tess since she was in sixth grade. Even back then she was one of the hardest working, most focused and versatile athletes,” Bowman said via email. “Tess has worked very hard to grow her lacrosse game and I could not be more excited for her to be signing with ASU.”
With a long career still ahead, Keiser has impressive accolades and accomplishments on her resume in lacrosse, most notably participating on the Orange County National Team as a freshmann in 2016.
Mater Dei finished last season as the undefeated Southern Section champions. They were ranked first in the state and eighth in the nation during the 2016 season, according to MaxPreps.
ASU will play its final season as a club program this spring and begin play at the NCAA Division 1 level in the spring of 2018.