Ashley Hunt

Lower Cape May Regional lacrosse player Ashley Hunt

Lower Cape May Regional High School senior Ashley Hunt committed to play women's lacrosse at Lourdes University, a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics school in Sylvania, Ohio.

The 17-year-old said she got into lacrosse because of her uncle, Michael Frankenfield.

"He got me playing lacrosse, and I just never looked back since a young age," Hunt said.

The senior has one season left at Lower Cape May Regional. She led the 11-5 Caper Tigers last season with 62 goals and was named a first-team Press All-Star.

"We should do well this year," Hunt said. "We lost a lot of our defense last year, but we still have a great offense. I'm hoping to break the all-time scoring record before I graduate."

The current record is held by Lindsey Lare at 207 goals. Hunt currently has 135.

Hunt decided on Lourdes after a visit to the school showed her that the women's lacrosse team was ready and willing to improve as a whole. The Gray Wolves were 4-11 last season, and Hunt said she was happy to see that there was room for everyone to grow. The NAIA school is not affiliated with the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

"I visited a few other schools and it was a big turn off for me that at certain campuses the girls on the team were not willing to listen to their coaches or try at practice. I want to go somewhere where I can help to make the team better" Hunt said.

Hunt, who will receive both an academic and athletic scholarship, was also pleased to find that dorms are apartment style, and that the professors showed an interest in the student's well being. She plans to major in biology and wants to become a physician's assistant.

With her high school graduation coming up, Hunt is ready to be going to school somewhere outside of New Jersey.

"I'm always telling my mom that I'm ready to leave the area for awhile," Hunt said. "I'm ready to start over, and even though I know I'll miss it here, I know that I'm ready to get away for a bit."

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