By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 8/24/11
Conestoga rising junior midfielder/defender Mackenzie Orr has made a commitment to play Division I lacrosse at the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, Md.
Orr helped the Pioneers finish 12-7 and advance to the second round of the District 1 playoffs in 2011 and helped Pennsylvania make the payoffs at the National Lacrosse Classic this summer. She plays club lacrosse for the Phantastix.
A Distinguished Honors student with a 4.0 GPA, Orr is unsure of a major but plans to minor in a foreign language.
“It will be an honor to be given the opportunity to serve my country,” she said. “I have been thinking about (attending the Naval Academy) for a while and the more I learned about it the more I fell in love with it.
“I am willing to give five years of my life for the right reasons. And the time management skills I’ll learn will carry through for the rest of my life.”
Orr is excited to play under legendary Mids coach Cindy Timchal, the Haverford High and West Chester alum that led Maryland to eight national championships and started the Navy program five years ago. Timchal is the nation’s all-time winningest coach at any level with 394 victories.
“I respect Coach Timchal co much and after going to her camp, I felt so comfortable and I knew it was for me,” Orr said. “She has so much enthusiasm.”
Orr is the sixth member of the Phantastix to commit to Navy in the past few years. Others include Navy rising junior twins Kathy and Beth Young (Villa Maria Academy), Navy rising sophomore Aimee Gennaro (Archbishop Carroll), incoming freshman Lindsay Rheiner (Council Rock North) and Council Rock North rising senior Molly Doyle.
Phantastix coach JoAnn Yusko played college lacrosse and was a roommate with Timchal at West Chester. Orr also said spending time with Gennaro helped solidify her decision to choose Navy.
The Mids finished 15-6 in 2011 and defeated Colgate for their second Patriot League crown and NCAA berth under Timchal, who has compiled a 58-19 (.753) record in the four seasons of the program.
Orr is the sixth Conestoga player to commit to play college lacrosse. Others are rising seniors Sarah Priem (Marquette, goalie), Jackie Borzillo (Marquette, defender), Emily Pillion (James Madison, defender), Britta Hjelm (Yale, attack) and Emily McAleer (Gettysburg, defender).
Orr believes the Pioneers will challenge for Central League and District 1 titles in 2012.
“Whoever wants it more will win,” she said. “Hopefully, our team wants it the most.”
Orr wished to thank Yusko, director Sue Frazier and coach Chrissy Poplawski of the Phanatstix, head coach Amy Orcutt and assistant Meaghan McDugall at Conestoga and her parents and family as well as her high school and club teammates.