Deanna Szymborski’s hard to miss in the girls’ lacrosse backfield. With a commanding physical presence and non-stop energy, the senior has become the cornerstone of the Eagles’ defense.
And once the season is over, she’ll move on to the next level, becoming just the second player from West Deptford’s young lacrosse program to score a college scholarship, signing with Division II Millersville University.
The choice came down to Millersville, just outside Lancaster, PA, and Lock Haven, in central Pennsylvania.
“It was very comforting and very homey,” Szymborski said. “I just felt a connection with the team.”
The decision is the culmination of close to three years of effort in the sport—from the high school season to the summer league with the South Jersey Devils, her club team.
“I feel like it’s really rewarding—all that hard work finally pays off,” Szymborski said.
Szymborski was a natural to transition to the next level, West Deptford coach Julie Catrambone said.
“From my first day of practice with the girls, she stood out,” said Catrambone.
And not just for her height or her ferocious style—Szymborski was a leader even as a sophomore, and a relentless self-improver, staying after practice and matches to fix flaws in her game, Catrambone said.
That intensity and work ethic, as well as Szymborski’s coachability, should go a long way to her being a key piece of Millersville’s defense in a hurry, Catrambone said.
“I really think she could go in there and be an impact player as a freshman,” Catrambone said.