By Molly Tow
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 8/17/11
Academy of Notre Dame rising senior midfielder Carlianne McCabe has made a verbal commitment to play Division I lacrosse at Lafayette College.
McCabe helped Notre Dame place second last year in the Inter-Ac League, while earning US Lacrosse Academic All-American and first team all-league honors. McCabe, also earned Impact Player for Notre Dame, had 72 goals and 34 assists. She also was a first team all-league soccer pick in the fall.
McCabe, who plays club lacrosse for Phantastix, has also been on the Honor Roll every year of high school. She plans to major in Biology at Lafayette.
“There are many reasons I chose Lafayette, but the most important reason is the academic reputation Lafayette has,” said McCabe. “Academics were very important to me while narrowing my list.
“Another reason was, last fall I was on campus for a football game and thought the campus was beautiful and loved the school spirit.”
While at Lafayette, McCabe will play under head coach Alison Fisher, a graduate of Hatboro-Horsham.
“After meeting coach Fisher and her staff, having some interaction with the players and seeing the athletic facilities, I knew that this was the college for me,” said McCabe.
McCabe is the second rising senior in the Philadelphia area to commit to Lafayette. She will join Upper Dublin attack Brooke Callahan on the Leopards for the 2012-2013 season.
McCabe is also the second from Notre Dame to commit to play college lacrosse. Midfielder Kristen Bandos committed to Georgetown earlier this year.
The Fighting Irish established themselves as a dominant team in 2011 and fell just one goal short of league champion Episcopal Academy in both meetings. McCabe is impressed with Notre Dame’s ability to battle in all games, and feels that this year was a perfect stepping stone to 2012.
“Looking back on the 2011 season I thought we all played our hardest and jelled on the field and off,” said McCabe. “As a junior on the team, I knew it was my turn to really step up my game.
“We lost four games and three of the games we lost by one goal. All four teams were top-ranked. We played hard and were in every game right down to the horn, which earns us the respect for our 2012 season.
“My goal for the 2012 season is to come out fighting to win the Inter-Ac,” she added. “Our team has a great group of new girls moving up with great talent. The 2012 season is going to be the season for the Irish.”