By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 12/27/11
Harriton senior midfielder/defender Ally McLaughlin will be attending Pomona College (CA) where she will be playing Division III lacrosse and running cross country.
Ally McLaughlin log:
High School: Harriton High School
Graduation Year: 2012
College Choice: Pomona College (CA)
Major lacrosse honors: All-Central League 1st team, 2011; US Lacrosse Academic All-American, 2011; All-Phillylacrosse.com High Honorable Mention, 2011; Philly Lacrosse Showcase Defensive MVP, 2010; All Main Line Times 2009, 2010 and 2011;, All Central League 2nd Team, 2010; All Central League Honorable Mention, 2009; ESPNHS 49th Player in the Nation; ESPNHS 10th Defender in the Nation
Academic honors: Elected Historian for Harriton Chapter National Honor Society, Summa Cum Laude Philadelphia Classical Society Award, Silver Medal in National Latin Exam, National Merit Scholar Commended Student, 4.96 GPA
What will you major in/study? International Studies/Languages with a goal of going into Foreign Service.
Why did you choose school? “I was looking for a school that had very strong academics where I could also play multiple sports. Visiting Pomona, it was refreshing to see students able to challenge themselves academically in a very relaxed environment. All of the players and runners that we met on our visit were very serious students but also knew how to balance that load with sports/extra-curricular activities.”
What is your HS team’s outlook for next year? “We set a school record for wins, made states for the first time and shared the Central League title. Although we lost many valuable seniors, a majority of our team is back for another year. Hopefully, we can match or supersede our success from last year.”
Other comments: “I am thankful for both my parents and the support they have given me throughout all the years I have played lacrosse (and soccer, XC, and track!). I am also thankful specifically to Coach D (Harriton coach George Dick), who helped both the team and I to grow very successful in just a few years time. Lastly, I am thankful for everyone on my team for always pushing me to the next level.”