Hereford (Parkton, Md.) junior Emily May has given a verbal commitment to play women’s lacrosse for Lehigh University.
May plays midfield and defense and has been a two-year varsity starter for the Bulls.
The 2013 graduate plays club lacrosse for the SkyWalkers Club Lacrosse Program.
ESPN High School: What made Lehigh such an attractive choice?
Emily May: “Lehigh is the perfect mix of strong academics and competitive lacrosse. I knew the minute I met the coaches and players that it would be a great fit.”
EHS: What surprised you about the recruiting process?
EM: “I was surprised about how quick everything went for me. I met with coaches and it surprised me that none of them cited a specific play or game that made me a top choice for them. They all said they wanted to recruit me for my speed and athleticism and my attitude and work ethic on and off of the field.”
EHS: What was the most important question you asked college coaches during the process?
EM: “I asked them, "How do you see me fitting into your program?" I love to play lacrosse. I wanted to choose a school where there was an opportunity for me to make an impact.”
EHS: What one piece of advice would you give to other players who are just starting on the recruiting process?
EM: “Visit schools before recruiting begins. It was very helpful to me to have narrowed down the type of school I wanted. I would recommend taking the academic tour first before meeting with coaches about playing lacrosse. It is really important that you can picture yourself happy at a school without lacrosse. By the time the junior day and meeting invitations came in, I knew exactly what I wanted in a school.”
EHS: Is there anything about the recruiting process that you think could change that would have made it easier or less stressful for you? EM: “It would be great to know ahead of time exactly what each coach is looking for in a player for a particular recruiting class. I was lucky though. My club and high school coaches were very knowledgeable about putting everything into perspective and helping me not get too stressed out.”
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