For Boyertown senior Haley Wentzel, choosing a college was not a difficult process. She first visited Lehigh University the summer before her junior year and instantly fell in love with the campus.
So last month she didn’t hesitate to sign her Letter-of-Intent to play lacrosse at Lehigh. According to her, there was no doubt that Lehigh was the place for her.
“It had the perfect balance of academics and athletics for me,” said Wentzel. “The team and coaches are great, and the campus, and atmosphere was exactly what I was looking for. Overall, Lehigh had everything I was looking for in a school.
“It’s somewhat cliché, but I really did know it was the school for me as soon as I walked around the campus, it just felt right. I liked the coaches from the start, they really care about each of their players. I can see them becoming my family away from home. At the same time though they are going to push me and the rest of our team to do our best and work hard. I love their desire for success because that’s great motivation.”
Haley started playing lacrosse in fifth grade for the Boyertown Optimist Club’s girls’ lacrosse program. She was there for two years before playing on her ninth grade team when she was in seventh and eighth grade.
Then she went on to play four years on the Boyertown Area High School varsity lacrosse team, winning the PAC-10 title all four years.
She also plays club lacrosse for Dynamite Lacrosse, and was part of the Under Armour Underclassmen All-American Team.
All this has made her more than ready for college lacrosse, but she admits that she’s nervous about playing at the college level.
“Honestly, I am very nervous, but extremely excited at the same time,” said Wentzel. “I’m really going to have to push myself and step up. However, I’m up for the challenge and ready to see what the next level of play has in store for me.”
Jill Redfern, the head coach of the Lehigh University women’s lacrosse team, talked to Haley about playing time in her freshmen season. Not only will she get significant playing time as a freshman, Coach Redfern projects her as a possible starter.
“This was also a big factor in my decision because I made sure to pick a school where I would be able to play and be an impact to the team early on,” said Wentzel.
Playing time is important to Wentzel simply because she loves the game. It’s become a big part of her life and she wants to keep it in her life.
“It’s such a passion of mine,” she said. “It isn’t just a game anymore for me. The speed of play, the creativity you can add to the game, and the overall competitiveness keeps me playing and loving the sport.”
Of course she still has one more year of high school lacrosse to go at Boyertown. She and her teammates want to keep the PAC-10 winning streak, and championships, going. This will be her last year in the Boyertown lacrosse program, and she will miss it when she goes on to college.
“I’ll miss being a part of such a wonderful team,” said Wentzel. “I’m going to miss all of my teammates who have become my best friends over the years. Coach Wernersbach has done a great job of always pushing me, and the rest of the team to do our best and to put it all out on the field. It’s going to be hard to leave such a great coach, and an amazing team.”