Three Mavericks Sign NLI's

Kelsey Bing ’16, Lindsey McKone ’16, and Anna Brooks Pacha ’16, each signed a National Letter of Intent (NLI) today to play NCAA Division 1 Athletics.  The three St. John’s School student athletes gathered with family, teammates, coaches, and friends to celebrate a momentous occasion.
“Only 2% of the high school athletes get to this level,” said Athletic Director Vince Arduini.  “This is a proud moment for the athletes, their families, teams, and the school.  Given the fact of who we are as a school and what we value, this is a terrific accomplishment.”
 
Bing is set to play Division 1 Field Hockey at Stanford University next fall.  No stranger to top-level play, Bing is a member of the U-21 (2015-16) U.S. Women’s National Team. Starting at the end of this month the team travels to Charlottesville, VA to begin preparing for the Junior Pan American Championship located in Trinadad & Tobago. They will also be training in Lancaster, PA and Chapel Hill, NC. Bing recently helped the Mavericks win the 2015 SPC Field Hockey title.
 
“On a national and international scale, is unbelievable of where she has traveled to compete in field hockey in recent years,” said Head St. John’s Field Hockey coach Craig Chambers ’81.
 
“It took a village to get me where I am today,” said Bing.  “I’m so grateful for all of the support from my coaches and the entire St. John’s community.”
 
Bing will follow in the footsteps of Catherine Dawson ’12 and Caroline Hussey ’05, to play for Stanford.
 
“It was an amazing experience to play at Stanford,” said Hussey, a current lacrosse coach at St. John’s. “The field hockey level of play in college was ramped up.  I really enjoyed it.”
 
McKone stood out early on in her lacrosse career.  While in seventh grade she got immersed into the process, going to tournaments, and playing on multiple teams.  She was selected as a high school All-American in her sophomore year, a first in the state of Texas.
 
“I have enjoyed watching Lindsey mature over the years.  I noticed her early on in lower school playground games, and she has continued to impress me ever since,” said Head Girls’ Lacrosse Coach Angie Kensinger.  “I know she will excel when she gets to Northwestern, but before that, I look forward to one more season with Lindsey as a Maverick.”
 
“This is a surreal moment for me,” said McKone.  “I never thought it would happen.  I’m so excited.”
 
McKone will join former teammate Nell Copeland ’15 on the Wildcat’s roster next fall.
 
Anna Brooks is heading to Georgetown University next fall to play softball.  The last St. John’s player to compete at the NCAA level was Virginia Waldrop ’08 at Yale.  Pacha’s hard work and dedication has helped lead the Mavericks to recent success in the sport.
 
“Anna has amazing stats,” said Head Softball Coach Isis Barron-Hutchinson.  “What really sets her apart is her humble attitude, and how hard she works behind the scenes.”
 
“I really worked so hard to get here and it feels great to have this support from my friends and family,” said Pacha.  “I’m a big competitor.  I like the mental aspect of the game when it is me versus the batter.  I work on blocking out the fans and the other team by focusing on one pitch at a time. I can compete in anything from ping pong to board games.”
 
On the U.S. National Team, the playground, or even in a game of ping pong, these three Mavericks have proven what it takes to get to the top level of their sport.  We congratulate them for what they have done.  We wish them the best for what lies ahead, and we value that they are setting an example for others to imagine what can be possible.  
 
 
Sam Chambers – Athletic News
 
 
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