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IN THEIR WORDS ADDIE KALAMA (CLASS OF 2019) AS TOLD TO MATT HAMILTON It started in eighth grade.


We had meetings for the recruiting process. We had one my freshman year and they were like, “This is your summer.”


I knew people that committed. It was the beginning of ninth grade. They didn’t even take one step on the lacrosse fi eld as high school players, and they were committed already. I felt so much more pressure. The door was closing for some schools, like top schools, the dream schools. There’s no room for me to go to those schools anymore.


At the end of the day, it’s not about lacrosse. It’s about academics. That’s where my major comes in. I want to be an accountant, so I’m looking for good business programs. The money, too. How much am I going to be in debt? I looked at George Mason and went to a few camps there, but it just didn’t work out. I’m also looking at Shepherd [in West Virginia], which I hadn’t heard of before this process. Salisbury is on my list because of my brother (Sea Gulls attackman Carson Kalama). I also visited Delaware because my mom is a former Blue Hen. Do I want to play right


away? Would I have any playing time? Would there be spots available? Do I want to win a national championship? Right now I’d rather be just relaxing. In the summer, too, it’s a lot. I don’t want to send out these emails to coaches, but I have to. I need to do it so they can see me. I can’t go out and hang with friends, because I always have lacrosse. I’m committed to and I love lacrosse, but I want to do what a teenage girl does.


Addie Kalama plays lacrosse for NEMS and is a sophomore at Bel Air (Md.) High School.


30 US LACROSSE MAGAZINE March 2017 USlacrosse.org


©JOHN STROHSACKER


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