As far as their high school lacrosse careers are concerned, Lindsay Koch and Grant Limone have a while to go before hanging up their sticks.
Juniors at Weston High, they still have one more season left to play on their respective teams. But they are already looking forward to what awaits them after that.
Both will be taking their lacrosse talents to the collegiate level and are verbally committed to attend schools with Division I programs. Koch will play at William and Mary College in Williamsburg, Va. and Limone is going to Loyola University in Baltimore. This November they will sign their National Letters of Intent to play.
Koch will bring much lacrosse experience along with her, having first played the sport in fifth grade in the Weston Lacrosse Club. By the time she entered eighth grade she already knew she wanted to play lacrosse in college.
A three-year varsity player at Weston High, Koch was named to the All-South-West Conference and All-State first teams for both her sophomore and junior seasons. She is now Weston’s all-time leader in goals with 215 so far.
Last fall she played in showcase tournaments in Naples, Fla. and Baltimore with her club team, Connecticut’s Nor’easter Lacrosse. Some of William and Mary’s coaching staff had seen her play.
In January the school recruited her. After taking the SAT she committed at the end of March.
Besides William and Mary, American University, Colgate University and the University of Louisville also recruited Koch. After visiting William and Mary last year she knew it was where she wanted to go.
“It was the academic part of it that appealed to me the most,” said Koch, who is thinking about majoring in business. “I also loved the campus.”
William and Mary is one of eight teams in the Colonial Athletic Association. This past spring it went 5-11 overall and was sixth in the league standings.
“I loved the lacrosse team and the coaches,” she said. “I could see myself being there for four years.”
Later this month Koch will attend a lacrosse camp at William and Mary. She will also take part in a couple of tournaments with Nor’easter Lacrosse this summer.
Next spring she will play her final season for Weston, which is coming off a 21-1 season. Besides winning the SWC Division II championship, Weston also won the state Class S title.
“I couldn’t have asked for a better season,” said Koch, who plays on attack. “The outcome was awesome.”
Like Koch, Limone was recruited by several colleges. He also visited the University of Denver, the University of Michigan and Penn State. Once he had visited Loyola he made up his mind.
“It was a combination of academics, location, the coaching staff and the rest of the team,” said Limone, who will major in business or economics. “I just liked everything about the school.”
A member of the East Coast Athletic Conference, Loyola went 11-6 overall last season. The Greyhounds reached the league championship before losing to Ohio State and the NCAA tournament, losing to Duke in double overtime.
Starting with the Weston Lacrosse Club while in second grade, Limone played a variety of positions. From the sixth grade on he had been a goalie.
“Our team just needed a goalie,” he said. “I volunteered to do it. Things fell in place from there.”
Limone was back-up goalie on the Weston High team before becoming a started during his sophomore year. He quickly made an impact, helping Weston win its first league championship and making the All-SWC Division I team.
Colleges began to show interest in Limone as early as last April. A few had seen him play in showcase tournaments in Maryland (including at Loyola) and in Connecticut. Earlier this year he received an offer from Loyola, which he accepted.
An All-SWC and All-State selection this season, Limone was in goal for Weston as it won it third state Class S championship.
“In the middle of the season it seemed a pretty impossible task, but it happened,” he said.
Limone is also Weston’s first All-American lacrosse player since Tom Montelli, a 2007 graduate who helped Weston win its first Class S title that year before going on to play for Duke.
“I was really lucky to be named All-SWC, All-State and All-American,” said Limone, who will again play for the Connecticut Bulldogs this summer. “I just want to keep improving as a player.”