Green Mountain (Lakewood, Colo.) senior midfielder Maddi Ossello has verbally committed to play women's lacrosse for Lindenwood University.
Ossello, a 2012 graduate, found her way onto the ESPNHS Watch List this past spring, and over the summer helped guide her club team, Team Colorado, to a 5-0 record. The rising senior middie was selected MVP and to the all-star team at the Western Winners Showcase.
Lindenwood is in its second year of NCAA Division II candidacy and is located in St. Charles, Mo.
In 2012-13, Lindenwood hopes to enter a provisional year in the NCAA. The Lions have already joined the Western Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (WILA). In 2013-14, assuming all expectations have been met, the NCAA will vote to make Lindenwood a full member.
ESPN High School: What other school’s did you consider?
Maddi Ossello: “SDSU, St Mary's (Calif.), Tiffin University (Basketball & Lax), Sienna Heights (Basketball & Lax), Regis U, Fort Lewis, Indiana Tech.”
EHS: What made Lindenwood such an attractive choice?
MO: “When I went out to Lindenwood for a visit I met the coaches and loved them. On the campus tour I got to see the new $13 million dollar student athlete center and heard about the $10 million locker room that is being built now and will be done by the time I arrive. The coaches really made it a point that this team gets to travel first class and is treated very well. I also really like the amount of sport programs at the school has to offer, making it a very athletic based community. Also, the scholarship I was offered will allow me to come out of Lindenwood with no debt, which is very attractive to me.”
EHS: What surprised you about the recruiting process?
MO: “I was really surprised at how early I should have started contacting coaches. There were girls on my Team Colorado team that had already verbally committed before I contacted my first coach.”
EHS: What was the most important question you asked college coaches during the process?
MO: "Can you see me playing, and possibly starting, my freshman year?"
EHS: What one piece of advice would you give to other players who are just starting on the recruiting process?
MO: “It's never to early to start contacting coaches and just getting your name out in the recruiting world.”
EHS: Is there anything about the recruiting process that you think could change that would have made it easier or less stressful for you?
MO: “It would have been more beneficial if there were more showcases for individual high school athletes. The Western Winners Showcase took individuals and drafted them into teams (that were coached by college coaches), and played numerous games that allowed the athletes to showcase their talent without any pre- team chemistry.”
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