Verona High School girls lacrosse players Lauren Ednie and Lizzie Scandiffio have signed to play lacrosse at NCAA Division I colleges.
Ednie, a midfield defender and four-year varsity player, has signed with Wagner College on Staten Island. Scandiffio, a midfield attacker and three-year starter, will play for Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, Conn. They become the fourth and fifth VHS girls lacrosse players to sign with Division-I schools, a significant achievement for a program that fielded its first varsity team in only 2004.
“I am very proud of Lauren and Lizzy,” said Coach Suzanne Giarrusso. “They have both shown that hard work pays off. They have both given so much to the Verona lacrosse program and they should both be very proud of what they have accomplished.”
Ednie, who has played lacrosse since second grade, was a standout for VHS this past spring, scoring at least one goal in every game Verona played for a season total of 35 goals and 10 assists. She was recruited by Wagner during the summer going into her junior year, and seems to have had no hesitation about continuing to play lacrosse in college.
“I don’t want the experience to end,” she said at the signing ceremony today. The Wagner College Seahawks were 6-11 in their 2013 season, and 2-7 in the Northeast Conference.
Scandiffio, who had 17 goals and 8 assists this past season, made her decision just two weeks ago. The CCSU Blue Devils just got a new coach, who held a recruiting camp that Scandiffio attended.
“I have too much passion for the sport to leave it,” said Scandiffio, who started playing lacrosse in sixth grade. The Blue Devils were 9-9 this past spring (7-2 in NEC play) and made it all the way to the NEC semifinals before falling to the Bryant College Bulldogs. Six Blue Devils earned All-NEC honors.
One small bit of irony: Today’s signing means that Ednie and Scandiffio, who have played together for seven years at VHS and with the Tri-State Lacrosse club team, will be playing against each other in college.
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