Senior midfielder Claire Welter of San Juan Hills High School announced her commitment to 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.
“Kent State is the right choice for me because it allows me to be apart of a brand new program,” Welter said via email. “I’ll be able to set the culture for the teams to come, plus it gives me the opportunity to go someplace out of state and play lacrosse, which has always been my dream.”
The Golden Flashes will participate in the ASUN Conference alongside Jacksonville, Kennesaw State, Stetson, Coastal Carolina, Howard and Old Dominion. The Golden Flashes are coached by Brianne Tierney. Tierney is the daughter of University of Denver Men’s Lacrosse coach Bill Tierney and married to Cleveland State head coach Dylan Sheridan.
Welter, along with Taylor Austin and Bridget Cain, is one of three senior midfielders expected to anchor the Stallions this season. have The three been playing together since they were freshmen, and enter 2018 with the momentum of having scored a combined 87 goals last season.
Welter looks forward to leading the Stallions to a strong season in her final high school campaign.
“Some individual goals I have for myself are of course to continue to work hard and stay positive on and off the field and continue to be a team player and improve my skills because I can always get better,” she said. “Some goals I have for my team is to continue to work and play hard together and be competitive in the South Coast League.”
Welter plays club lacrosse for the West Coast Starz and impressed WCS coach Rebecca Kingsbury with her work ethic and natural ability.
“We have found Claire to be extremely hard-working and athletic,” Kingsbury said by email. “She’s got a fantastic attitude, and has proved she’s willing to work hard both on and off the field to get where she wants to go. I believe she’s going to be a great asset to Kent State as part of the inaugural program.”
The strong impression Welter made on Kingsbury helped pave the way to the Kent State opportunity.
“I would like to thank my club coach Rebecca Kingsbury for making my commitment at Kent State possible, without her I wouldn’t have gotten this amazing opportunity'” Welter said. “I also want to thank my parents, first my mom for always being super supportive of me and my dream to play lacrosse in college and my dad for being my coach for the past four years and always pushing me to be my best. I don’t know where I would be without either of them.”