Mater Dei girls lacrosse senior Skyler Nielsen has committed to study and play Division 1 lacrosse in the Ivy League for Columbia University. The announcement was made Saturday through Instagram.
The opportunity to spend her college years in New York City while playing for a D1 lacrosse program fit right into Nielsen’s goals and dreams.
“First off, living in New York has always been a dream of mine. My cousin has lived there for a while and hearing about her experiences made me so intrigued by the city,” Nielsen said. “Columbia lacrosse has also greatly interested me since the beginning of my lacrosse career which is why I feel so lucky to be able to play for them. The coaches, team, and facility is truly spectacular and I fell in love with the program when I first visited last winter.”
Nielsen is also looking forward to taking the field again with former teammate and current Lion Gianna Danese (Mater Dei ’19).
“I am so excited to play with Gia again. Since my start at Mater Dei Lacrosse, she has always been a source of inspiration to keep working hard. She is truly so fun to play with and I cannot wait to be able to be back on the field with her again,” Nielsen said.
As a Monarch, Nielsen wasted no time in making her presence felt. She made varsity as freshman in 2018 and was named the team’s rookie of the year. While she’s not on the field, Nielsen is working for the Monarch’s student body, as the head commissioner while maintaining her 4.0 GPA.
“Skyler has grown so much as a lacrosse player. Her confidence, strength, power, and commitment has only increased over the years, making her the stellar player and teammate she is today,” Monarchs coach Chloe Silance said.
Silance said that Nielsen brings a positive energy and cheerful attitude whenever she steps on the field and that she’s also cheering for her teammates and pushing them to work harder and every day.
“Sky is a force to be reckoned with on the field. She has learned to use her height to her advantage all over the field and is a stronger player on both ends,” Silance said. “We are so, so proud of Skyler and all of her accomplishments. We can’t wait to see what big things she does at Columbia and we are wishing her all the best.”