Grand Ledge senior Danyelle Hardy on Friday, November 10th officially committed to playing college women’s lacrosse at Notre Dame College of Ohio.
NDC is located in the Cleveland suburb of Euclid and is a Division II school that competes in the Mountain East Conference. Hardy made it official during a signing ceremony in front of friends and family in the GLHS Media Center.
“I was honestly surprised to see so many people,” Danyelle said in reaction to the crowd at her signing ceremony. “I never actually realized that so many people cared that I would be playing in college.”
Hardy has had an incredible run in her first three years on the lacrosse field for the Comets. She has been named First Team All-Conference as a freshman, sophomore and a junior, a truly incredible feat for a high school student athlete. As a freshman she scored 46 goals, added 39 more as a sophomore and finished with 33 as a junior last Spring. She was named to the LSJ Dream Team as a junior and was 2nd team All-State.
Hardy also considered Siena Heights, Lawrence Tech, Kalamazoo College, Albion and Alma. In the end it came down to NDC and Aurora University.
“NDC was the right choice because the psychology and business programs are a better option,” Hardy said. “They also really made sure that their students graduate with a plan.
“I think the biggest challenge for me was just finding the school that fit me the best and I could see myself on campus every day there,” Hardy added.
Jumping up to the next level of competition after her high school career concludes this Spring is very exiting for Danyelle and NDC head coach Pamella Jenkins can’t wait to get her newest recruit on campus.
“We are so excited to have her join our program and make an impact immediately,” the Falcon head coach said. “She has such a powerful shot but can also pass the ball to a teammate in a more advantagous situation.”
Jenkins said she was impressed with how Danyelle carries herself on the field and the influence she can have on her teammates.
“One of the great things about Danyelle is her calming effect on attack,” Jenkins said. “She has the presence and knowledge of lacrosse and can help her team regroup when things are going correctly.”
“I look forward to the level of play in college lacrosse,” she said. “I expect a much faster game will be played.”
As she continues to prepare for the upcoming Grand Ledge season she is realizing that all the hard work and dedication is paying off and hopes to have a great final season with her high school teammates.
“My team goal is for us to leave every game knowing we did everything we could no matter what the score is,” Hardy said while adding that she hopes her team can continue to improve and finish in the top half of the league standings.”
Hardy can trace her love of lacrosse to a family member who introduced her to the growing sport years ago.
“I became interested in lacrosse because my cousin played lacrosse in college and it looked fun,” she said. “We played it on the beach and I fell in love with it right then and there.”
For Jenkins, NDC is happy she decided to play the sport all those years ago.
“I can’t wait to see all the great things Danyelle will accomplish both academically and athletically at NDC,” Jenkins said.