For Grand Haven’s Lyndsay Larkin, it seemed like a natural fit to sign to play college lacrosse at a relatively new program like at Siena Heights University.
Larkin is somewhat of a newcomer to the sport herself.
“I moved here from Jenison and there was no lacrosse program there,” Larkin said during a signing ceremony inside Grand Haven High School on Friday. “I played soccer for six years, but honestly, I wasn’t that good.
“But playing lacrosse here (last spring), I just fell in love with the sport and the whole team.”
Despite it being her first year in the sport, Larkin enjoyed a stellar season for the Bucs as the team’s high defenseman, and started to seriously consider playing at the next level.
But instead of Siena Heights’ program reaching out to Larkin, she reached out to them. Larkin filled out a recruit questionnaire on the Saints’ website, and soon drew the interest of head coach Cindy Hill.
Hill eventually was able to catch Larkin in action and was impressed with her overall skill set.
“She asked me how long I’ve been playing, and I told her just one year,” Larkin said. “She was like, ‘You got to be kidding me.’”
Siena Heights will be in its third season of varsity competition at the NAIA level this spring. The Saints have nowhere to go but up after finishing with a 0-13 record last year.
“Coach Hill said they’re not just looking for players to fill up their roster, but for more talent to compete,” Larkin said.
Larkin also hopes to lead the Bucs to a better season this spring, under the guidance of head coach Kim Vincent. The Bucs were eliminated in the opening round of last season’s Division 1 tournament by Lansing Waverly, 17-7.
Larkin, the daughter of Dave and Terry Larkin, said she’ll major in nursing at Siena Heights, a profession she was inspired to pursue from her grandmother.
“I decided to major in nursing after seeing the care my grandma (Mary Larkin) received in the cancer unit,” Larkin said. “She passed away in August and she gave me the inspiration to pursue a job in the medical field, especially after spending time with her in hospice and seeing the support the nurses and others provided her.”
SEDGEWICK SIGNS WITH MCC
Stephanie Sedgewick, one of the top front row contributors on a Grand Haven varsity volleyball team that reached the Class A state semifinals, has signed to play the sport at Muskegon Community College.
Sedgewick, a 5-foot-11 outside and middle hitter, averaged close to 0.7 blocks per set for the Bucs during the fall.
She plans to pursue a degree in the medical field.
The Jayhawks, under head coach Rick Rykse, compiled a 24-19 record during the fall.