(Dec. 5, 2014) Called “a natural” by her high school coach, 17 year-old lacrosse standout Jordan Klebe announced her intention to play for the Division II Kutztown University Golden Bears during a signing ceremony at Stephen Decatur on Tuesday, Nov. 25.
A starter on attack, Klebe will play a final season at Decatur before moving on to the Kutztown, Pa. school next fall.
“It felt like a home away from home,” she said. “I’m so used to farm fields around here and that’s kind of what it is. Kutztown is a really small town, so it’s kind of like Berlin. I like being able to walk everywhere.”
Klebe, who is eyeing a major in writing or broadcast journalism, called the decision to pick a school “tough.”
“I had a couple other options, but my main interest was a medium-public school,” she said. “They had more to offer than the other schools, not just lacrosse-wise but career-wise. Finally making the decision was really exciting and it’s a big relief because the recruiting process is really tough.”
Her new teammates, Klebe said, impressed her as much as the school.
“I think that was a big factor as well in the recruiting process,” she said. “You want to feel like you fit in with your team. Losing all your teammates – your close-knit family – is kind of hard, but I feel like I’ll fit right in with them.
“I also want to get really close to the coach,” Klebe continued. “She’s really supportive of everything and contacts me a lot. I also want to stick closer to some of the older teammates that maybe next year I’ll only have for one year, and just try to be the best I can be out on the lacrosse field and in the school.”
A three-sport star at Decatur, Klebe ran cross-country for four years and indoor track for three years, along with playing lacrosse for both the Seahawks and the Sea Bay travel team.
“It’s tough balancing everything,” she said. “You definitely have to find time for everything, set aside time for studying, set aside time for practicing – and practicing outside of practice – and setting a time for friends. You have to manage your time as best you can, and that’s what all these girls here do.”
During her remaining time at Decatur Klebe hopes to continue applying for academic scholarships and finish out her final lacrosse season – her fourth at the school – on top.
“Hopefully we go far in the season,” she said. “That’s really one of our main goals. I just hope I can be the best I can be this year and finish out the year on a good note.”
Decatur coach Bob Musitano called Klebe a “very quiet young lady, but a wonderful player.”
“She knows where to be on the field,” he said. “She’s one of these kids that’s kind of like a natural. She has a sense for the game and she’s going to be one of our starters this year and she’s going to be a prolific scorer.”
Klebe’s mom Alyson, dad Chris and little brother were with her during the signing.
“It’s a very proud moment, that’s for sure,” Alyson said.
“When she picked a school we had such mixed emotions,” Chris said. “It’s relief and anxiety all at the same time because she’s a senior and we’re going to be losing her.”
“It’s a little bittersweet,” Alyson said. “You work very, very hard to try to get them involved in something, to be able to play lacrosse at the collegiate level, get them into a school that they feel like it’s compatible. Now we’ve got nine or 10 months left and that’s it. We’re very proud of her, but we’re definitely going to miss her terribly.”