Edison girls lacrosse defender Zoe Soukup has committed to study and play NCAA Division III lacrosse at Northern Vermont.
“A main reason I wanted to commit to Northern Vermont is that I know the director of the lacrosse program there and I like her coaching style, Coach Courtney Novak was one of my previous club coaches,” Soukup said.
Novak, who was the girls lacrosse coach at Los Alamitos in 2019 and 2020, is the director of lacrosse for the Hornets and used to coach Soukup when she played club lacrosse for SoCal Express. She is also excited that the current Charger has committed.
“We are extremely excited to have Zoe join the Hornet family. She brings an energy and love for lacrosse that makes her a pleasure to coach. Her strengths on defense will be immense and we are pumped to have her come to Lyndon.” Novak said in a press release.
Soukup liked the campus not just because of its lacrosse program, but because it was by the mountains. When she’s not tearing it up on the lacrosse field, Soukup will be tearing it up when it comes to snowboarding.
“When it came to NVU’s campus I liked the fact that it was a small school and that it was next to the mountains, because during the winter time I like to snowboard,” Soukup said.
Edison girls lacrosse coach Olivia Smart said she looks forward to seeing Soukup reunite with Novak when she arrives at Northern Vermont
“I am thrilled to get to send one of my players to a coach that I know and respect. Zoe has worked so hard to get to where she is, and she can’t wait to have the opportunity to play for Coach Novak again. I am looking forward to seeing what Zoe can accomplish in the next four years,” Smart said.
Soukup was named Edison’s best defender. She credits Smart, Novak and Edison assistant coach Jeff Newman for her success.
“I would like to thank Coaches Courtney Novak, Olivia Smart, and Jeff Newman for always believing in me and pushing me to my fullest potential. I would also like to thank my parents for supporting me through the club and high school lacrosse seasons,” Soukup said.