By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 1/21/12
Mount St. Joseph junior midfielder Olivia Gannon has made a verbal commitment to play Division I lacrosse at Villanova University.
Olivia Gannon log:
High School: Mount St. Joseph
Graduation Year: 2013
College Choice: Villanova University
Club Affiliation: Ultimate Goal
Major lacrosse honors: 2010 Philly Showcase Gait All-Star; 2011 AACA All-league; 2011, National Tournament Philly Team 2; 2011 Philly Under Armour team; Maximum Exposure Rising Junior All-Stars.
Academic honors: National Honor Society, CSC Community Service Courts; Laxers vs. Lung Cancer
What will you major in/study? Undecided
Why did you choose school? “I chose Villanova for its academic reputation and the school spirit. It’s a great opportunity to play for (first-year) coach Julie Young. She was very influential in my decision. She is looking to bring the program to the big-time and it (the Big East) is a great conference. I love the fact it’s close to home so my family can see more of my games.”
What is your HS team’s outlook for next year? “I’m really looking forward to the season with Jenny Duckenfield as our new coach. I am confident she’ll raise the level of our game. We have a lot of returning talent and a great freshman class. We definitely expect to go far this year, and hopefully to states.”
Other comments: “First, I want to thank my father for everything he’s done for me. He’s helped me learn the sport. I want to thank my mom and my sisters for their support, (Ultimate Goal coach) Michele DeJuliis and everything she has taught me; Ultimate Goal coach Julie Weiss and (former Mount coach) Jenna Washabaugh. I also want to thank coach Duckenfield (who also coached her at many clinics) for all her help and support and everything I’ve learned form her over the years. I wouldn’t be where I am without them and all their support.”