By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 12/29/17
Shawnee (N.J.) 2019 goalie Ashley Vernon has made a verbal commitment to play Division I lacrosse at East Carolina University.
Ashley Vernon profile:
High school: Shawnee High School, NJ
Grad year: 2019
College committed to: East Carolina University
Club team: SJS Pink ’19
Lacrosse honors: Named one of the Sophomores of the Year on NJ.com, All- Burlington County, National Tournament NJ South Team 1, Led the Olympic Conference in saves as a Sophomore, MVP Goalie Louisville Summer Camp
Academic honors: Student of the Month April 2017, Honor roll, National Honors Society, 60+ hours of community service
Expected major: Criminal Justice and Forensic Science
Why did you choose ECU? “I chose ECU because it has everything I could ever want in a college from the big school feel to the major I want to pursue. When I visited, I felt so welcomed by the coaching staff as well as the team. The girls were super nice and immediately made me feel like part of the team. They’re all very excited and enthusiastic about building a new program and I can’t wait to be a part of it!”
HS team’s 2018 outlook: “I think this is going to be a big comeback year for us. Everyone is underestimating us because of our record last year, but towards the end of last season we really started to gel together and play better as a team. I think if that carries over to this season, it’s going to be a great year for us.”
Thank You: “I would like to thank Coach (Amanda) Barnes, Coach (Emily) Parros and Coach (Lexi) Cross for giving me the opportunity to play at ECU and my parents for always supporting me and for driving me to all of those tournaments, practices and college visits. I would also like to thank all of my coaches, especially, Coach Bob, Brit, Coach Ash, Mr. Knobloch, Coach M and Fitz for always pushing me to get better and for always believing in me.”
Other schools considered: Michigan, Louisville, Cincinnati, and Butler
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