McKenzie poses with her SGI lacrosse coach, Katie Zielen-Ersing, high school principal James Bialasik and athletic director Joe DeMartino. Photo by Alicia Dziak

By Alicia Dziak

On Thursday, March 8, SGI senior McKenzie Galvin signed a letter of intent to attend Mercyhurst College, in Erie, Pa., where she was recruited to play Division 2 lacrosse.

“She had a lot of colleges interested in her for lacrosse, and (Mercyhurst) is the place for her,” said McKenzie’s mom, Cheryl Galvin. “It’s great for her to have all of these opportunities.”

Of her decision to attend Mercyhurst, McKenzie said it “felt like the home away from home that I needed.” She also instantly clicked with the Mercyhurst coach, Kevin Cooke.

McKenzie, who also plays travel lacrosse, has had a successful career at SGI, balancing her sport with academic achievement. Last season, she scored her 100th career goal.

McKenzie’s coach, Katie Zielen-Ersing, also an SGI grad, who is heading into her second year of coaching her, said McKenzie “gives 100 percent 100 percent of the time” emphasizing her leadership.

“It will be exciting to see what she can do at that level,” Zielen-Ersing added, noting that not a lot of SGI lacrosse players go on to play at the college level.

Until that time, McKenzie is about to start her senior year on the SGI girls’ lacrosse team as a co-captain. The team started practicing last week and will begin their games in April. Stay tuned to the Springville Times for the schedule.

Congratulations to McKenzie and best of luck this season and next year!