Hayley Kilian made a bold decision this past summer.
Kilian, who played her club lacrosse for HEADstrong, decided to jump ship to Ultimate, and while it might have been a little weird at first, the move ended up paying big dividends for the 2014 Ridley attacker/midfielder.
“It helped me a lot,” Kilian said. “The coaches gave me step-by-step instructions for my recruiting. We had five tournaments and schools started talking to me two tournaments in. It ranged from D1s to D2s to D3s.”
But once Kilian made a certain trip, she knew that she’d end up playing Division II. Kilian first entertained the idea of going to Lock Haven when she visited the school for a summer camp in July. There, she met coach Kristen Selvage and took everything in.
“I just loved Lock Haven’s campus,” Kilian said. “The team made me feel like a family when I went up there. It’s far away from home, the campus is beautiful, the scenery is beautiful and I just loved it.”
All of that made it easy for Kilian to commit to the Eagles for the class of 2018.
Some might have balked at the thought of going so far away from home, but to Kilian, it was a welcome distance.
“I just want to expand everything,” she added. “The people I meet and the people I play lacrosse with. A lot of my friends are going D2 as well, so I’ll be able to play against them.”
Kilian also considered James Madison, West Chester and Bloomsburg, but ultimately felt most comfortable with the Eagles. Lock Haven’s strong criminology and psychology programs were a big draw for Kilian, too, as is the location of the buildings.
“The buildings are right next to the field,” said Kilian, who had more than 20 goals and more than 20 assists last year, “so I can go to practice and lifting right after classes.”
Well, sure, yeah, that’s a nice added bonus, as is playing for a powerhouse program in a powerhouse conference. Even nicer? Kilian never succumbed to the pressure of the crazy world of college lacrosse recruiting, an age in which players are committing earlier and earlier, and did it on her time.
“I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted to do, but waiting was kind of my decision,” Kilian said.
What a good choice that turned out to be.
Kilian is the 22nd public Delco 2014 verbal and the first from Ridley. The rest of the college commitments can be found here.
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