By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 3/30/11
Archbishop Wood junior midfielder Alyssa Andress has made a verbal commitment to play Division I lacrosse at the University of North Carolina.
Andress was a First-Team Catholic League pick last year when she scored 40 goals and helped the Vikings reach the Catholic League finals. Andress, who plays club lacrosse for Ultimate Goal, has played in the National tournament for two years and is a captain this year.
Andress, an Honor Roll student who also plays field hockey, plans to study medicine at UNC. She is thinking of being an orthopedic surgeon and minoring in Business Coaching.
“It’s always been a dream of mine to go to North Carolina,” she said. “This is an opportunity to achieve my dreams and make them a reality.
“I loved the school and the coach and the team had such great camaraderie. I like the size of the school; it’s big but everything is close together so you can make it small. And I love the medical program they offer.”
Andress also considered Denver, Yale and UConn. The youngest of five, she is the first in her family to not choose Penn State; her father played football there, her mother played lacrosse there and her four siblings also have played lacrosse at PSU or are playing at Penn State Abington.
Andress is hoping this is the year Wood will win the Catholic League crown. The Vikes have fallen to Archbishop Carroll the past six years.
“We have high hopes,” she said. “We have eight starters back and some young girls coming up to varsity that are very aggressive. I think we have a chance.”
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