Pride women’s lacrosse sends another player to college

Tyler Mae Stempien poses for a picture before she signs her official papers. Teammates, friends and family were all there to support her. (Photo Courtesy of Cayley Kennedy)Tyler Mae Stempien poses for a picture before she signs her official papers. Teammates, friends and family were all there to support her. (Photo Courtesy of Cayley Kennedy)

Tyler Mae Stempien, a senior and captain on the LRHS women’s lacrosse team, celebrated her commitment to play college lacrosse at Berry College on Wednesday April 25.

Stempien has played lacrosse since her freshman year and has also been the only person to play on Leesville’s varsity lacrosse team since her freshman year. Although she started playing at an older age than most, she has worked hard to make up for lost time in order to be able to play at the collegiate level.

It wasn’t exactly easy for Stempien to choose where she wanted to spend the next four years. She had offers from Berry College, Barton University, Averett University, Florida Southern College, and Lees Mcrae College. Each school had certain aspects that were appealing to Stempien but overall Berry was the best fit for her.

“In order to decide where I wanted to go, I looked at which school will get me into the best law school after graduation, the campus and how my future teammates will be,” said Stempien.

Berry College, located in Rome, Georgia, has the largest campus in the United States with 7,000 acres of woodlands, meadows and streams. Having such a large and beautiful campus was extremely appealing to Stempien.

Stempien is excited to be going to college soon but also excited to be able to continue playing lacrosse after high school ends. “I’m glad I won’t be playing in my last lacrosse game ever in a couple weeks,” said Stempien.

Overall, Stempien is grateful for the Leesville athletic program that helped her get to where she is at today. She is even more happy that her hard work and dedication both academically and physically over the past four years has paid off.

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