Egg Harbor Township High School's Mackenzie Meyer has been considering the University of Delaware as a place to play college field hockey since her sophomore year.
This month she made the school her official choice.
Meyer, a 17-year-old senior midfielder at EHT, has committed to Delaware and will play Division I field hockey for the Newark, Del., school. She'll receive a partial athletic scholarship.
"When I went there the team was very welcoming and the coach was very nice," said Meyer, a two-time Press first-team All-Star.
"It felt like I could fit in. I always wanted to play Division I field hockey. I went to a lot of clinics there, and watched them play online. They seemed like a team I could connect well with. I visited Delaware first and then had my heart set on going there."
Meyer, an Egg Harbor Township resident, has started three years for the Eagles in both field hockey and girls lacrosse.
"I never really looked into lacrosse (as a college sport)," Meyer said. "My heart was always with field hockey. Now that I've committed, it takes the stress off. That makes it a fun year where I can be with all my closest friends and come out with power to help win our games."
Meyer also visited Bloomsburg University and Towson University.
Egg Harbor Township was 13-6 last fall and won the Cape-Atlantic League American Conference Division I title for the eighth straight year. Meyer, who switched from defender to midfielder in 2012, scored 10 goals and had 10 assists, and helped defensively too.
Jen Costa took over as EHT's head coach last year after assisting for four years. The Eagles have nearly all of their starters returning this fall and should be a contender.
"Mackenzie is definitely aggressive and takes a leadership role," Costa said. "She goes to a lot of camps and she loves learning new technical moves and dodges. She's always learning something new. She definitely has a hard shot.
"It will really help that she has made her decision, because now she can keep her mind set on our season and not have to worry about college."
Delaware plays in the Colonial Athletic Association. The Blue Hens were 8-12 overall last year and 3-4 in the CAA regular season. Delaware reached the conference tournament semifinals last year before losing to Drexel 2-1. The Blue Hens played a schedule that included eventual NCAA champion Princeton, runner-up North Carolina, and Top 20 teams such as Michigan, Northeastern, Wake Forest and Drexel.
"I'm excited that we'll be playing teams like that," Meyer said. "A little nervous, but excited."
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