Going into the recruiting process, Lydia Sydnor had an advantage over so many others.
As it turns out, it’s a pretty big help when you’ve had a sister go through the recruiting process ahead of you like Sydnor did. Her older sister, Shelby, went through it before choosing Maryland, where the redshirt junior has a national championship to her name.
“She was definitely so much help,” the younger Sydnor said. “I talked to her about everything and her input was such a big help.”
That help was a factor in getting Lydia noticed and talking to college coaches and helping her deal with the entire process, which came to an end for the Radnor junior Monday night when she verbally committed to the University of Michigan. Sydnor chose the Wolverines over Syracuse and Virginia. She’ll join Episcopal Academy two-time All-Delco Alana Dumas in Ann Arbor.
“I just knew right away that it was the place for me when I visited,” said Sydnor, who plays club for the WC Eagles. “I just kind of fell in love with it and I knew it was the right school. It’s just the whole environment. I love the big school with school spirit, but even though it’s such a big school, everyone on the team was so close, which helped.”
Sydnor’s name first popped up on recruiting radars when she went to the Disney Field Hockey Showcase in Orlando (Fla.) and since then, she started to have a veritable who’s who of college teams showing interest. While she does a little of everything for the Raiders, Sydnor, who had eight goals and eight assists as a sophomore for a Raiders team that made the District One tournament, said she expects to help the Wolverines as a forward. Despite having big names eyeing up her commitment, Sydnor said she never felt pressured to make a commitment.
“I didn’t have any pressure,” Sydnor said. “And there aren’t a lot of people in my year that have committed, but I just knew that that’s where I wanted to go, so why not (commit)?. I’m excited for it. The whole big school, big conference, and with Maryland going to the Big 10, it’s going to be a great conference.”
Radnor hasn’t gotten off to the start it would have liked with a 3-5 record, but a big part of that has been because the Raiders have played a bevy of quality opponents. They’re starting to gain confidence now, though. Sydnor had a pair of goals Tuesday when Radnor forced Garnet Valley to overtime and the Raiders beat Upper Darby, 4-1, today, so it’s a team to watch out for.
“We started off with so many good teams and we got down a bit because of it,” Sydnor said, “but we’re starting to play really well.”
And now that Sydnor has made up her college decision, she can focus on the task at hand: a Central League title.
Sydnor is the second public Delco 2015 verbal and the first from Radnor. The full list of college commitments can be found here.
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