By K.I. Goldberg
TopLaxRecruits.com, Posted 1/29/14
Cold Spring Harbor High School (NY) sophomore attack Samantha DeBellis has made a commitment to play Division I lacrosse at Duke University.
Samantha DeBellis ledger:
High School: Cold Spring Harbor High School, New York
Graduation Year: 2016
College Choice: Duke University
Club Affiliation: Yellow Jackets
Major lacrosse honors: Under Armour 2016 Uncommitted Team, 2013 All-County (Nassau), Newsday/MSG Varsity Player of the Week, Syracuse Nike Cup, Duke Elite Camp, UNC Elite Camp, Stony Brook Elite Camp, LI Elite Camp
Academic Honors: Junior National Honor Society, Cold Spring Harbor High School Honor Roll
What will you major in/study? Undecided
Why did you choose Duke? “The primary factor for me was finding a school that offered the best combination of academics and athletics along with a coaching staff that would help provide a successful transition to the college level. Coach (Kerstin) Kimel also emphasized that off the field personal development is a high priority at Duke which was very appealing to me. Duke has always been at the top of my “dream list” of schools to potentially attend.”
What are your thoughts on this past HS lacrosse season/team’s outlook for next season? “We were a young team last year and should be competitive this year having lost only two starters. Our team competes in the Nassau Power Ten Conference which is very competitive so there will be some good regular season games, against very good teams.”
Thank You: “Thank you to Coach Kimel and her staff for the opportunity to be a part of a University and lacrosse program with such rich traditions. Yellow Jackets directors/coaches Carol Rose, Tracy Weiner and Alexis Curcio for all of their guidance during the recruiting process. Also, my High School coach Danielle Skakandi who has provided a tremendous of support both on the field and off.
“Each of my coaches helped put me in a position to explore several great opportunities for which I am both fortunate and grateful.
“Last but not least, I want to thank my parents who dedicate so much of their time supporting me. Without their support and sacrifice this would not have been possible.”
Other schools considered: Stanford, USC, Florida, Boston College
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