By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 7/12/16
Garnet Valley 2019 midfielder Kara Nealon has made a verbal commitment to play Division I lacrosse at Penn State University.
Kara Nealon profile:
High School: Garnet Valley High School
Graduation Year: 2019
College Choice: Penn State University (twin sister Regan also has committed to Penn State)
Club Affiliations: Phantastix 2019, Mesa Fresh 2019
Major lacrosse honors: Philly Showcase Fab 40 All-Star, Under Armour Underclass All-American Philly Team, 3d Under Armour 2019 All-Star Team, National Tournament Philly Team
What will you major in/study? Undecided
Why did you choose this school? “The first time I visited Penn State I loved everything about it! Coach Missy (Doherty) and the entire staff were so welcoming and really made me excited to be apart of the Penn State community. I was also very impressed with the athletic facilities and academic support for student-athletes. Between the amazing campus and academic opportunities coupled with an outstanding lacrosse program it was everything I wanted in a school.”
2016 HS season highlights/outlook for 2017? “After a great playoff run our season had a disappointing end in the state semi-finals. We lost many great starters, but with a lot of returning young talent we expect to be strong contenders for regaining the State Championship next season.”
People to thank: “I would like to thank my Phantastix coaches JoAnn Yusko, Sue Frazier and Jess Lake and my Mesa coaches, Peter Rohr and Tom King, for always challenging me to be a great player and for being helpful through the recruiting process. I would also like to thank my Garnet Valley High School coach, Jenny Purvis, and my teammates for making me into a better player and person. Also, thanks to Sarah Kalish for all of her coaching and encouragement during my early years of lacrosse. Lastly, I would like to thank my parents and siblings for being very supportive and driving me to all of my practices and games. And to my dad for introducing me to lacrosse and spending countless hours with me in the backyard. I couldn’t have done it without you guys!”
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