Morgantini joins Bucknell lacrosse

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As Lydia Morgantini walked off the field for the last time in a Bulldogs uniform in May, she was unsure whether she would play in a regulation lacrosse game again. This fall, her doubts dissipated when she walked on to the Bucknell Women's Lacrosse Team.

Throughout her junior and senior year she searched for schools that had an exceptional academic program in addition to a lacrosse program she could be a part of. The liberal arts school in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania seemed to be the perfect match.

"Both of my parents went to Bucknell," Morgantini said. "My dad played lacrosse there, and their engineering program is top notch."

Although Morgantini never signed a national letter of intent, she still had a dream to play lacrosse at the collegiate level. This summer she trained with Jamie Blake, the newly hired Burr and Burton Academy Girls Varsity Lacrosse coach.

"Lydia is incredibly smart and a very well rounded player with a heck of a wortk ethic," Blake said. "She's the kind of players coaches love to work with. She was an attacker when I first started before quickly becoming a midfielder. Now she's a defender at Bucknell. At every practice, she didn't blink. She wanted to learn and learn more in preparation for the next level at a well-respected division I program."

Morgantini expressed immediate interest to head coach Remington Steele when she arrived on campus. She participated in two practices with the team before she was invited to a team bonding event. At the conclusion, Steele told his players to tidy their lockers so they would look like number 32's.

While the team didn't have a "number 32" just yet, Morgantini was soon asked to assume the position.

"I was speechless and couldn't stop smiling as everyone cheered," she said.

Morgantini advises students interested in walking on to any college team to "reach out to the coach and put yourself out there," she said. "You can't make it if you don't try, especially when you have nothing to lose."

Coach Blake believes there are programs for anyone that wants to play at any level in college, especially those who grew up playing in Vermont.

"There's no reason why our club and high school teams can't reflect that," she said.

Although athletic programs can appear daunting, Blake hopes more high school students will utilize their innate belief and confidence in themselves in order to achieve their goals, as Morgantini did.

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