Mater Dei junior Sydney Payne has verbally committed to play NCAA Division 1 lacrosse for Arizona State University. Payne a two-time member of the Orange County National Tournament Team and 2016 Under Armour All American West Highlight Team. She finished the 2016 season with 7 goals, 7 assists, 45 draw controls, 24 forced turnovers while leading Orange County with 65 groundballs.
Payne was one of the top defensive stoppers on last season’s Monarchs team that finished the year with a perfect 21-0 record and the program’s first Southern Section championship. Sydney’s defense was recognized with her first All-County selection.