By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 6/2/14
Perkiomen Valley High School sophomore midfield-attack Christie Balestra has made a commitment to play Division I lacrosse at Lehigh University.
Christie Balestra log:
High School: Perkiomen Valley High School
Graduation Year: 2016
College Choice: Lehigh University
Club Affiliation: Dynamite Lacrosse Club
Lacrosse Honors: 2014 First Team All-Conference (Sophomore Year), Perkiomen Valley Outstanding Offensive Player Award, 2014; Brine National All-Star, Nike Elite 120, Started High School Varsity as a freshman
Academic Honors: Member of National Honor Society, Honors/AP Curriculum, Achieved Highest Honors, Class Vice President
What will you major in/study? Marketing or Education
Why did you choose Lehigh? “Lehigh University is an excellent school and I know that I will benefit greatly from my academic experiences there. I knew that I wanted the commitment level of a Division 1 lacrosse program and I felt very comfortable with the coaches and players. I spent a lot of time visiting the Lehigh campus and I found that everyone was very welcoming and that their enthusiasm is contagious. Everyone is committed to their program and it is a very natural fit for me. I am also very happy that Lehigh is close enough to home so that my family and friends can go to the games and support the Mountain Hawks. Lehigh University is a beautiful campus and has an outstanding reputation. I know that Lehigh University will prepare me for my future and I am very happy with my decision!”
Outlook for next season? “Our team is very young but we are committed to working hard in the off-season to improve. We will continue to work together to be very competitive next year.”
Additional Comments: “I am very grateful for my parents, my brother, my friends and my teammates for helping me achieve my dream of playing Division 1 lacrosse.
“I have been blessed to have so many great coaches. I would especially like to thank my Dynamite Lacrosse Club Director, Maureen Burger and my travel team coaches: Laurie Markle, Ali Allen and Megan Nearing. I’d also like to thank my High School coaches: Head Coach, Kathy Kelley, and Assistant Coaches Kelsey Metzler, Lisa Clark and Peggy Holcomb.
“I need to recognize my travel basketball coach and guardian angel, John Streeper, who taught me what it means to be a committed athlete and a good teammate. He had a tremendous influence on me and I will never forget him.
“Lastly, I’d like to thank Lehigh University’s Coach Jill Redfern and Assistant Coaches Shannon McHugh and Kim Kolarik for believing in me and working with me throughout the recruiting process. I couldn’t be more excited to be a Mountain Hawk!”
Other schools considered: High Point University, Monmouth University
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