(Dec. 14, 2012) Stephen Decatur seniors Skylar Siegfried and Ashley Trice have played lacrosse together on recreational and travel teams since they were about 8 years old.
But next year, when the two compete at the college level, they will be on opposite sidelines on game day, as the two have been awarded scholarships to play lacrosse at rival colleges.
“It’s going to be fun,” Trice, who this past summer signed with Division I Furman University in Greenville, S.C., said of facing her longtime teammate on the field.
Siegfried, a goalie, who committed last September to Jacksonville University in Florida, said it will be interesting to have Trice, a midfielder, shooting on her when they are playing for opposing teams.
Trice will be a member of Furman’s first women’s lacrosse team. During her freshman year, the squad will practice and compete in scrimmages. The following year, when Trice is a sophomore, the program will become an official varsity sport and participate in the Atlantic Sun Conference.
“I want our program to be really good in the beginning,” the 18-year-old said. “I think it’s really exciting that we can start all the traditions for the team. We’ll be the first people to set records.”
Added her father, Lee, “I told her if she scores the first goal she’ll be the leading goal scorer.”
“I’m proud of her for dedicating so much time and effort over 12 years to reach a goal of playing Div. I la-crosse,” he said.
Added Siegfried’s father, Stanley, “I feel exactly the same way.”
“We’ve traveled together for years. Stan and I have stood on many sidelines together,” Lee Trice said. “We drove them around, but they’re the ones playing in 90-degree heat and 40-degree cold.”
Jacksonville’s program is also fairly new, but the team has been quite successful. The Dolphins won the National Lacrosse Conference championship last spring. When Siegfried joins the squad, it will only be the program’s fifth year in existence.
“I’m hoping that they’re still winning when I get there,” the 18-year-old joked. “They’ve already started as a winning team and hopefully, I can continue that. It’s intimidating, but then again it’s kind of welcoming to know I’m coming into such a strong program.”
Trice and Siegfried felt at home when they visited Furman and Jacksonville, respectively, and said they liked the coaches and their soon-to-be teammates.
Before they go off to college, where Trice plans to major in biology and Sieg-fried chemistry, the girls have one season left as Decatur Seahawks.
“You both worked very hard to get to this stage in your lives … We all care about you and we’re all proud of the success you’ve achieved,” said Decatur Lacrosse Coach Bob Musitano. “When one door closes another opens … but the door at Decatur hasn’t closed yet. You’ve still got one more season and we have business to take care of.
“Furman and Jacksonville are fortunate to have both of you,” he said, “and we’re also fortunate to have you for one more season.”
Trice has been on the Decatur squad since she was a freshman. She was Decatur’s top scorer last year with 46 goals. Trice also had nine assists.
Siegfried transferred to Decatur from Worcester Prep last year and this will be her second season as a Seahawk.
The two are anxiously anticipating their final season competing for Decatur.
“We’ve always had a good program. I’m excited and I think we’ll do well this year,” Trice said.
“I was anxious [joining the team last year], but the girls were really welcoming,” Siegfried said. “I want to improve on some of my weaknesses this year and [while Trice is] the midfield leader, and I’ll be the defense leader. It will be fun to lead everyone.”