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STAB's Julia Haney Commits to Princeton for Lacrosse

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Ever since STAB Lacrosse star Julia Haney was a fourth grader, lacrosse has been her passion.

Haney said, "Whenever I can go into my driveway, passing with my dad, playing with friends whenever I can and its just literally my dream and my love." STAB Head Coach Mary Blake added, "The second the stick is in her hand, she can't stop her feet, she can't stop her smile, she just loves the sport."

Haney's biggest dream came true as she has just committed to continue her lacrosse career as a Princeton Tiger.  "I've been so blessed. It was a little stressful at first but now just being committed its a big relief off my shoulders," said Haney.

UVA, UNC, Notre Dame and JMU are just a few of the top ranked schools who were after Haney.

The rising junior scored 118 goals and had 53 assists in her sophomore season alone. Haney started playing as an 8th grader for the Saints and has totaled of 190 goals and 81 assists over the course of her high school career.

Some of her achievements include being voted to the LIS All Conference in 2012 and 2013, the All-State 1st team in 2013, being named a 2013 All American honorable mention, and a member of the Mid-Atlantic National team in 2012/2013 as well as the Under Armour All American Under Classmen team in 2013.

While the recruiting process can be strenuous on any high school sophomore, her coach Mary Blake was one of her rocks through it all. Blake's old club lacrosse teammate is Chris Sailer, Princeton's head coach. Blake told Sailer, "Look. I have this kid who's the real deal." Blake added, "she took a look at her film and she took a look at her in one of her tournaments and just said oh my gosh, I love this kid!"

Haney says she was sold on being a tiger as soon as she stepped on campus. "There was a certain feeling I got when I walked onto Princeton. I said I could see myself going there, I can see myself being successful here," said Haney.

While she still has two more seasons in a Saints uniform, Haney is anxious to be a part of the Princeton Lacrosse Family. Haney said, "I hope to make a major and immediate impact by hopefully playing as a freshman. I know I have a lot of work to do until then but I look forward to the future and what I can do to help the Tigers."

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