By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 12/5/10
Springfield-Delco senior midfielder Courtney Kennedy has signed a National Letter of Intent to play Division II lacrosse at Shippensburg University.
Kennedy scored 46 goals and was an Honorable Mention Central League Team pick last year for the Cougars, who won a third of the Central League championship and reached the District 1 and state finals. She plays club lacrosse for the Phantastix.
Kennedy is planning to major in Business. At Shippensburg, she will join Cougars senior goalie Kristy Reid as a signee, her sister, Lindsey, a sophomore attack, and former Cougar teammate Meghan Kearney, a junior goalie.
“Shippensburg was the right choice because it basically had the whole package for me – the academics it offers, the beautiful campus, and of course the team,” Kennedy said. “The girls there are so nice and welcoming it was an easy decision for me.
“My sister Lindsey, and former teammate Meghan Kearney are also on the team so it will be nice to reconnect with them on the field. My choice was also made easier after talking to the coach, Mia Gambino (Pottsgrove graduate). She is really turning the program around and it has shown. I am so excited to be apart of the team next year and help them get to where they want to be.”
She will join North Penn senior attack Garrie Grenfell as Shippensburg recruits from Philly.
Kennedy said it will be fun to be reunited with her sister.
“Having my sister at Ship really made my decision a lot easier too.” She said. “Although I had other options, I figured it would be awesome to play with her again.
“When we played in high school on the same team we worked so well together. Lindsey is such an unselfish player and would help me out a lot on the field. We definitely have a great connection on the field; she always fed the ball right to my stick.
“Sometimes it is like she wouldn’t even have to look, she would just throw the ball and know I would be there. She is also my best friend which is why I am so excited I get to be with her up at ship for the next two years.”
Kennedy believes the Cougars will again challenge for the league, district and state titles, despite losing several key seniors.
“My expectations for the 2011 season are pretty high,” she said. “Since I’ve played for Springfield, we’ve always been a strong team so I would not want to expect anything less.
“ We have some key players that were huge contributors last year that still remain on the team, and younger girls who are going to step up this year. We also have a ton of freshmen that are playing this year which I am really excited about.
“All in all, we should be good because we have an amazing coaching staff that work hard each year to make us be the best players and team we can be.”