Since the Lady Blue Knights field lacrosse association formed in 2000, the club has had tremendous success, winning over 50 provincial championships.
The Lady Blue Knights have also developed many players who have gone on to play at the university level as well as representing Ontario and Canada at international tournaments.
During the past 19 years, the Lady Blue Knights have seen over 50 athletes achieve scholarships and this year five more have signed letters of intent to play in the U.S. next year.
Nicole Perroni (University of Louisville), Mackenzie Beam (University at Albany), Corinna Lyon (Loyola University Maryland), Jacqueline MacLean (Canisius College) and Kate MacDonell (Lindenwood University) are all highly decorated members of the Lady Blue Knights family.
Durham Total Sports caught up with all five girls recently during their off-season skills sessions at the Oshawa Civic Fieldhouse to find out more about where they will be playing next year and how the Lady Blue Knights program helped them earn their scholarships.
Mackenzie Beam and Corinna Lyon, who both attend the Hill Academy, credit the Lady Blue Knights as a key factor in developing their lacrosse skills over the years.
“The Lady Blue Knight program has helped to shape me into the player I am today; competitive, hardworking and disciplined. Each of my coaches have played a unique role in my development. They pushed me hard and watched me grow. Being able to play with so many elite players was also an important piece,” said Lyon.
Beam echoed Lyon’s praise of the Blue Knights: “Blue Knights helped me earn my scholarship at the University of Albany through the opportunity to compete with and at the highest level. I train with some of the best girls in the province and coached by some of the best coaches in the country. This is an opportunity that I would not have been given if I played anywhere else besides the Blue Knights.”
Kate MacDonell, a Brooklin High School student and ten-year veteran of the Lady Blue Knights, is very excited about the next chapter of her lacrosse career at Lindenwood University.
“I am most looking forward to playing university lacrosse because of the high level of competition and the opportunity to learn from other experienced coaches and athletes,” said MacDonell.
MacDonell also has a lot of praise for the Lady Blue Knights: “The Lady Blue Knights has helped me earn a scholarship by teaching me to be an elite athlete. Through the LBK program, I have become a stronger more confident athlete. I have learned life lessons such as self-discipline, independence, responsibility and teamwork. It has taught me how to be a good leader and how to work well under pressure. The advice and guidance from my coaches and Barb Boyes played a key role in me earning a scholarship.”
Nicole Perroni, who attends Sinclair Secondary School, will be attending the University of Louisville in the fall. Perroni also commended the elite coaching that she received as a Lady Blue Knight and considered it one of the key reasons why she is moving on to play lacrosse at university.
“They have taught me to become the best player I can be and they have always motivated me and pushed me to work my hardest and to make sure I was prepared for university and the challenges that I’m going to face in my future.”
Jacqueline MacLean, who currently attends Maxwell Heights in Oshawa, was inspired by some of the previous Blue Knights who earned scholarships:
“The Lady Blue Knights have always stressed hard work and goal setting. For a long time we looked up to the older girls who played in the NCAA and for Team Canada. These girls were right here in our organization and I always wanted to be a part of that.”
All five of the U.S. bound girls are looking forward to challenges of being a student-athlete in the U.S. and gave their thoughts on what they are most excited for next year.
“I am most looking forward to playing with my teammates. From training to practice to games I will be with a great bunch of women all competing for the same goal. We will be doing a lot together and I hope to have life-long friendships,” said MacLean.
“What I’m most looking forward to in university is the high level of play that Louisville has. I’m very excited to be able to showcase my competitiveness and also getting to know lots of new people not just from the lacrosse team but also from the other sports teams and other classes,” said Perroni.
“I am looking forward to being coached by two of the top players and coaches, Dana Dobbie and Jen Adams. They bring so much knowledge to the game. My new teammates are a great group of women and I look forward to learning and growing with them,” said Lyon.
“The most excited thing I am excited for when playing lacrosse in university is being given the chance to represent my country. At U Albany I will be the only Canadian on the team which I think is pretty neat. I am given the opportunity to represent the country that I am proud to call home,” said Beam.
All five of these athletes will continue to train and prepare for their move to the U.S.
The success of these five as well as the team accomplishments show why the Lady Blue Knights are one of the premier women’s lacrosse organizations in the country.
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