Congratulations to Nell Copeland ’15 for signing a national letter of intent (NLI) to play lacrosse for Northwestern University.
Soon to be in a long line of NCAA St. John’s lacrosse alums, Copeland is only one of four to hit D1 pay dirt with a NLI, following in the footsteps of Hannah Clarke ’09 (William and Mary), Jess Carroll ’11 (Northwestern), and Alexa Mullins ’12 (Stanford).
When Nell becomes a Wildcat in the fall of 2015, she will also keep intact the continuum of current Maverick D1 players in each class, as Carroll and Sarah Duncan ’11 (Davidson) move on. Mullins, Amanda Leavell ’13 (Princeton), and Eden Epner ’14 (Johns Hopkins) complete the player list, while Clarke continues her tenure in the NCAA D1 level as an assistant coach at Marquette University.
“Nell’s the kind of athlete Northwestern was looking for,” said St. John's Head Girls’ Lacrosse Coach Angie Kensinger. “They saw a spark in her play, and she is going to have a terrific career there. I am thrilled to watch her progress.”
“I am so excited,” said Nell, sporting Northwestern swag. “I got really lucky when they saw me play. It was my number one choice the whole way through.”
“I have been coaching Nell since 8th grade and she has heart, determination, and tenacity,” said Texas Rangers’ Coach Anthony Petrucciani. “She has the will to not stop no matter if someone is next to her, behind her or in front of her, and if that is the case, she will run you over.”
Before she changes colors from St. John’s scarlet to Northwestern purple, Nell has more prospecting to do as a Maverick—three titles (City, SPC, State) to go along with being the 4th NLI.
“My goal for now is for our St. John’s lacrosse team to play the best we can together and hopefully come out with three big wins,“ said Copeland.