By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 7/25/21
Penn Charter rising senior Darcy Felter said her first experience with fellow North Carolina commits during the weekend’s HHH Committed Games Camp awas heartwarming.
“I hadn’t met a lot of girls, especially the 2021s so our first practice Friday was the first time I had met them,” said the USA Lacrosse All-American who committed to UNC last year. “Once I met them we clicked right away. We were finding passes right away and everyone was really supportive.
“We barely knew each other and we were doing a group hug. It was really fun.”
Felter and Archbishop Carroll’s Kiley Mottice, another 2022 All-American, were two Philly players who helped North Carolinas win the Committed Games Camp championship today at Penn Charter with a thrilling 7-6 overtime win over Stanford. A third Philly player, 2023 Kate Galica, a Conestoga All-American, also spent much of Sunday on the UNC team (which went undefeated in the 2-day camp) after being invited to be a fill-in player following Friday’s Committed Games Showcase.
The Stanford team also had two Philly 2022 commits, All-American goalie Lucy Pearson (Springside Chestnut Hill Academy) and defender Grace Turner (Penn Charter).
Stanford, with Pearson making several key stops, seized a 5-3 lead late in the title game with three consecutive goals late in the first half and early in the second half. UNC erupted for three goals late in regulation to take a 6-5 lead but Jordyn Case (2021 from Weddington, N.C.) tied it for Stanford with five seconds left to force overtime.
The OT game-winner was scored by Ellie Traggio (Hotchkiss, CT), who plays club for HHH.
“It was a little close for comfort,” said Felter. “I think we all want to get better and to get on the field together, I know we’ll all go out and even work harder. It is exciting.”
Mottice said it was easy for the UNC commits to jell quickly due to the overall talent. Also, the teams were coached by their college assistants or recent grads
“It’s really exciting being around such great players,” Mottice said. “I was surrounded by talent so we meshed well together from the start. It was good to come into this, it makes it more exciting.
“Like Darcy said, I will push myself harder, by myself. Being on the field, it was good to get to know everybody. And it was very exciting that we went out on a championship.”
Galica, considered one of the tp 2023s in the country by the major rankings, was invited late Friday to be a backup player. She played for Virginia, Michigan and Syracuse, but finished with UNC when the their teams were eliminated.
“It was nice getting to know all the people here to help me figure out where i might fit in for Sept 1 (when coaches can contact rising juniors),” Galico said. “The showcase Friday was also a great experience because it was fun to play with girls my age and we got to play a bunch of 5v5s and also we hadn’t gotten as many opportunities t lay in front of college coaches.”