G-A's Cole to play at Lock Haven
It was pretty easy to locate Lauren Cole during a Greencastle-Antrim field hockey game. Find the ball, and Cole was routinely involved in the play.
Having completed a stellar four-year varsity tenure at G-A, Cole's talent earned her an opportunity to compete at the NCAA Division I level, with the Blue Devil senior signing to continue her athletic and academic career at Lock Haven University last week.
Recognized as a Division-II school in most sports, Lock Haven is a Division-I program in field hockey and a member of the Atlantic 10 Conference.
"Playing Division I field hockey has always been an aspiration of mine," Cole said. "I had received numerous offers from Division-II and Division-III schools, as well as some interest from Division-I schools. I received my offer from Lock Haven very late in the recruiting process. On my official visit, I immediately fell in love with the coaching staff and the team. I really liked the new field hockey and academic facilities on the campus."
Cole served as a staple for G-A's gradual progression, anchoring the Blue Devils' offensive attack. After registering two and six-win seasons, Greencastle posted back-to-back nine-win campaigns during Cole's junior and senior years.
"Lauren is a competitor through and through, and her never give up attitude pushes her to excel as a dynamic player," G-A field hockey coach Rebecca Rice said. "With her intensity and excellent stick skills, I am confident Lock Haven will benefit from her game sense and strong decision making with the ball."
This past fall, Cole was selected to the Mid-Penn Colonial Division First Team while helping lead the Blue Devils to their first District 3 playoff appearance since 2011.
"I'm very excited to get to Lock Haven and compete for playing time," the daughter of Keith and Jodi Cole said. "Pat Rudy (Lock Haven's head coach) has indicated I will be playing as an attacker, which could mean a forward or offensive midfielder. Having the opportunity to play at such an established Division-I field hockey program is something I am looking forward to."
Aside from getting to play the sport she loves at the next level, academics certainly factored into Cole's decision.
"Academics had a significant role in my decision," she said. "I will be majoring in health sciences/pre-physician assistant, and Lock Haven has an excellent medical program."
The Bald Eagles are coming off a 2016 season in which they finished 10-8 overall and 4-4 in Atlantic 10 play.
"Lock Haven will have a young roster this coming season," Cole said. "I am looking forward to fighting for playing time early in my career."