Sterling (July 1, 2017) – Dominion High School junior Emily Wesoky has made an early verbal commitment to continue her lacrosse career at DI Wagner College starting the 2019-2020 academic year.
“I chose Wagner for many reasons,” the 5-foot-3 Wesoky said. “I wanted a small school and I wanted to be near or in a city. I love the coaches and the school. The school also has so many majors to choose from. I got to go to class, eat lunch with a few players, and even sit in on their practice. I felt connected to the team after this because now I am friends with girls and boys committed there.”
Wagner College is a private, liberal arts college located in New York, New York. Last year, their women’s lacrosse team won the 2016 Northeastern Conference championship. The Lady Seahawks are led by head coach Katie Rowan and assisted by Leah Gallagher and Katherine Sweeney.
“Committing to college gave me such a relieving feeling,” Wesoky said. “I still have two more years of high school, so I still have to work hard for good grades, but I am still not as stressed. Also, the college recruiting process was extremely stressful and nerve wracking. My club team is where all the recruiting stuff happens, none at school. Every tournament I go to there are college coaches lined up on the side of the field watching. All the tournaments I played in for my club team has paid off tremendously.”
Wesoky plays club lacrosse for Cardinal Girls Lacrosse Club located in Vienna, Virginia and is one of the premier girls lacrosse clubs in the Mid-Atlantic. Wesoky is one of three players from her class at her club committed to play in college.
“I think my speed will have an impact on the team at Wagner,” Wesoky said. “I have always been a pretty fast sprinter, so I decided to also do cross country in the fall to increase my endurance and make myself better. It helped me so much! Now, I never have to come off the field in games. My height is sometimes at a disadvantage, but since I am somewhat small, I can get around people faster and easier than most.”
The future Division I athlete has many accomplishments on the field including being selected for the all-conference team in 2017. Wesoky also played for in Israel and taught kids around the country how to play the sport she loves most. After they saw her play on her mission trip there, Wesoky was personally invited to play for Israel’s U16 National Team in the World Cup this summer in London.
“My dad, Jon, has always influenced me as a player. He has coached me for ten years straight,” Wesoky said. “Having your dad as your coach is hard sometimes, but I love it. I love having him involved and supporting me while giving me constructive criticism after plays. My dad also helped me a lot with the recruiting process like writing emails to coaches, taking me on visits and mentally preparing me through all of my lacrosse experiences. He is now involved with cross country and track at Dominion and is the head coach of both, so he can coach me in the sport he grew up to love. “
When Wesoky isn’t playing for her club team, she’s playing at Dominion High School. The Titans ended their season this year 12-6, falling to eventual VHSL 4A state runner up Riverside in a VHSL 4A North zone semifinal.
“This season we had the best season in Dominion girl’s lacrosse history,” Wesoky said. “We lost in the regional semifinals to Riverside. I can’t wait to play Riverside again next year because they are a very good team. It was very sad to lose because we made it so far, but this team is amazing and I am so proud of how we did. I can’t wait for next season.”