By MIKE SMITH
Eastchester’s lacrosse program has been on the upswing the past several years, and, for the first time in the school’s history, its female lacrosse players are beginning to get noticed by collegiate coaches.
Eagles co-captain Jordyn DiCostanzo recently became the first Eastchester girls lacrosse player in the program’s history to commit to a Division I program, as the prolific scorer is set to join the Manhattan College ranks in 2015.
DiCostanzo, who led the team with 65 goals in 2014, has been on Eastchester’s varsity squad since she was in eighth grade. In that time, she’s racked up more than 200 points and helped lead the Eagles to a league title last spring.
But it wasn’t until she went outside of Eastchester, looking for off-season competition in the club lacrosse world, that she began to assess her
According to DiCostanzo, the college recruiting process got underway in earnest last winter, but the process wasn’t a long one as she was impressed by Manhattan coach Elizabeth Weber, who has announced her intent to build the Jasper’s program from the ground up.
Last season, under the first-year head coach, the Jaspers went 4-13, but DiCostanzo said the program should be on the rise in the next few years.
“She’s a new coach, and she’s still getting everything the way she wants it,” DiCostanzo said of Weber. “In her first season, they didn’t do all that well, but she told me that they’re looking to move forward and become a threat in the conference.”
Preliminary talks with the staff have revealed that, in addition to placing DiCostanzo in her traditional attack role, the Jaspers plan to use her in the midfield as well, so as to take advantage of her ability on the draws and use her versatility on both ends of the field.
In addition to her lacrosse career, DiCostanzo also said Manhattan was a logical choice, given the wide variety of academic choices available at the college.
“Right now, I really don’t know what I want to do,” she said. “But they offer a lot there, so I think it’s a good fit.”
Before she becomes a Jasper, DiCostanzo will look to lead Eastchester to new heights in 2015. After winning a league title last year, the Eagles are well aware they will be playing against tougher competition next spring.
“Our coach, Kylie Gregory, has been so great, and this has really been an adventure for us,” DiCostanzo said. “We know it’s going to be hard, but we’re just hoping to continue to do well and hopefully win our first sectional game