Girls Lacrosse: Potomac Falls Senior Sydney Knego Commits to NAIA Savannah College of Art and Design

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KnegoBy Hanna Duenkel
LoCoSports Photo Editor
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Sterling (September 11, 2015) — Potomac Falls High School senior Sydney Knego has committed to Savannah College of Art and Design to play lacrosse for the Bees.

Knego first picked up a lacrosse stick when she was in the fifth grade and hasn’t put it down since.

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“As soon as I picked up a stick, I knew I’d love the game,” the 5-foot-5 senior said. “I also love the speed and the skills it takes. I’m all about working with others toward a common goal, so naturally I appreciate the friendships that come with being on a team.”

Potomac Falls senior Sydney Knego (6) has plans to lead the Lady Panthers back to the VHSL 5A state championship in 2016 after coming up just short of the state title in 2015.

Potomac Falls senior Sydney Knego (6) has plans to lead the Lady Panthers back to the VHSL 5A state championship in 2016 after coming up just short of the state title in 2015.

Throughout her high school career, Knego has played for Potomac Falls’ ladies lacrosse team, which went 14-5 during their run to the state championship in 2015. The Lady Panthers made a dash to the VHSL 5A state championship against Stone Bridge High School but lost the title game, 15-12, and have high hopes again for next spring.

“I see Potomac Falls going all the way [to the state championship],” Knego said. “We only lost one senior. We made it to the state championship this past season, and our goal is to win it all next year!”

Knego still has her senior year to make it happen and win the state trophy. She also has to wait until she graduates on June 16, 2016 for her time as a SCAD Bee to start.

Last season, the NAIA Bees went 15-2 and also made a run for a championship trophy where they won the National Women’s Lacrosse League’s tournament, defeating Davenport University 13-6.

SCAD-commit Sydney Knego will add versatility to the midfield of the 2015 NAIA champion Bees team when she travels down to Georgia next fall.

SCAD-commit Sydney Knego will add versatility to the midfield of the 2015 NAIA champion Bees team when she travels down to Georgia next fall.

“Coach [Adrienne] Berkland likes my speed and my scoring [and]assisting ability, in addition to my knowing when to slow down the game and help set up my team for a play,” the versatile midfielder and attack said. “I hope to be able to contribute in these ways and more.”

SCAD – a school that is known for their focuses on art and design – attracted Knego not only because of their women’s lacrosse team, but also because of the wide variety of jobs that she could hold after college.

“Ever since I was little, I’ve always loved making and editing videos,” Knego said. “SCAD has one of the best film and television programs in the world.  A career like this will open up so many possibilities besides a traditional desk job, which isn’t for me.”

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