Mainland Regional High School rising senior Megan McIntyre-Bozzi did a lot of traveling for lacrosse the past few years.
But it was a trip to Coastal Carolina University in South Carolina last fall that stood out the most. Not long after she got back to South Jersey, she made her commitment to the school.
The Linwood resident said she received a partial athletic and academic scholarship to attend Coastal Carolina. She will join the Chanticleers for the 2019 season.
“It’s really exciting,” McIntyre-Bozzi, 16, said by phone Monday.
Coastal Carolina is an NCAA Division I program that plays in the Sun Belt Conference. Last season, the Chanticleers, led by second-year head coach Kristen Selvage, went 13-6 last season, dropping the conference championship game 11-10 to Jacksonville.
“(Selvage) is super nice and supportive of all the other recruits, too,” McIntyre-Bozzi continued. “I’ve been to three camps down there. The most recent one was so much fun.”
For the past three seasons, she has been one of the top players in the Cape-Atlantic League. Last season, she was a first-team Press All-Star after scoring 97 goals to go with 40 assists. She was second in the CAL with 137 points.
McIntyre-Bozzi also was a first-team Press All-Star in her sophomore season and an honorable mention selection as a freshman. She has 263 career goals, putting her on pace to become the fourth CAL girls lacrosse player to score 300.
“Megan has worked extremely hard since she was probably in seventh grade, going to camps, going to clinics and always trying to better herself” Mainland coach Bernadette Daley said.
“And you can see her out on the field, sometimes it’s practice or in games, that if she makes a move and it doesn’t work the way she anticipated, you can see her physically and mentally work through the steps on how she did it so she can get by a defender or make a better pass or make the shot.”
McIntyre-Bozzi’s approach to the game is reflected in what she wants to do in college. She plans to major in sports management because she would love to coach lacrosse someday.
“I had the pleasure of having her in (money management) class, too,” Daley said. “She’s very hard-working, diligent about getting work done and diligent about her studies. She has very high standards set for herself.”
Daley is relying on McIntyre-Bozzi to be one of the Mustangs’ key players next spring. Mainland is expected to be one of the top contenders in the CAL, along with Middle Township and rival Ocean City.
This year, the Mustangs finished 13-6 and in third place in the CAL. In 2016, they went 16-4 and finished second. Both seasons ended with South Jersey Group III playoff losses to eventual champion Moorestown.
“My goal is to enjoy this last season with the coaches who have always encouraged everyone,” McIntyre-Bozzi said. ”We’re going for (the CAL title). We hope to win. We’ve had two great seasons, and I think this season should be even better.”