JSerra girls lacrosse junior standout Paris Melberg has committed to study and play Division 1 lacrosse at the University of Massachusetts. The announcement was made Wednesday.
“Once I went on my official visit I immediately fell in love with the campus,” Melberg said.
Despite not knowing anyone on the UMass roster prior, Melberg said she made a great connection with coaches and the players.
“It’s such a great lacrosse program and I can’t wait to be apart of it,” Melberg said.
ACES club lacrosse coach Lauren Ciccomascolo said Melberg, who she has known since the eighth grade, has grown tremendously as a lacrosse player.
“Paris is a game changer. She is a smart, dynamic attacker,” Ciccomascolo said. “She is a total lax rat and from a young age has always had a goal of playing high-level division 1.”
Last season, Melberg led JSerra in goals with 57 and assists with 14. Melberg is a two-time all-county representative (second and third team), a two-time all-league first team representative and a two-time member of the Orange County National team.
“I want to thank Cicco and all the ACES coaches, Nick Tintle and the coaches at Athletes Choice for always pushing me to work hard, my JSerra coaches Maggie [Mawhiney] and Kelsey [Hughes], my parents for always believing in me and all of my teammates,” Melberg said.
Ciccomascolo said that there are countless memories with Melberg and is fortunate that she gets to coach her.
“Paris never missed a practice. She always shows up. She loves the sport. Her teammates love her and she is one of the most dedicated, kind kids that I know,” Ciccomascolo said.
Last year, UMass went 15-4 overall and 9-0 in A-10 Conference play. The Minutewomen lost in the A-10 Conference finals in overtime to Richmond 19-18.