Sweet Home Alabama: student heads down south; Kilduff commits to play D2 women’s lacrosse

Emily Iampieri, Copy Editor

     Senior Morgan Kilduff announced her verbal commitment to play division two women’s lacrosse at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) in December. She says that her major is undecided, but she is “leaning towards psychology.”

     Kilduff has been playing lacrosse for nine years. Currently, she is the goalie for the Hawks as well as her club team, York Invaders Lacrosse Club, based in York County, PA.

     The student athlete says that one of her main deciding factors was that she “really loved the coach and the team energy.” Kilduff also says that she was drawn to the warm southern weather and “all the opportunities [she] had with the city nearby.” She was deciding between Flagler and the Florida Institute of Technology but ultimately made her decision to attend UAH.

     Kilduff made her decision to commit to a D2 school as opposed to D1 or D3 because she “[likes] how it was competitive but still let [her] focus on school.” The other schools Kildiff was between are also D2.

     The athlete’s recruitment process began with her emailing many schools and awaiting a response.

     The lacrosse player says that her recruiting process was “very stressful” because of how the pandemic affected her process. “I had been talking to several coaches before COVID began but then we had to lose touch because of  the restrictions they had made because of COVID,” she says. The athlete continues by saying, “But after I had gotten back in touch it was very stressful because I didn’t have a lot of time to decide and I was worried.”

     Ultimately, Kilduff spoke with Gail Wallach, the women’s lacrosse coach at UAH, for two months before making her final decision. 

     “I look forward to meeting people and I’m excited for the warm weather,” she explains. She also hopes “to have fun” as she begins her first college lacrosse season next spring.

Kilduff signs to the University of Alabama in Huntsville. She was recruited to play division two women’s lacrosse. (Morgan Kilduff)