Wissahickon's Dickson & Intrieri Commit to Play Collegiate Lacrosse

On Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, Wissahickon seniors Kim Dickson and Samantha Intrieri were recognized for signing letters of intent to play lacrosse at the collegiate level. To view photos of the event, please visit the Photo Gallery at the following link:  https://solsports.zenfolio.com/p200966274

Kelly Dickson – Saint Francis University (Lacrosse)
Major: 
Accounting

Final list of colleges:  Saint Francis, University of New Haven, Marist, St. Bonaventure
Reasons for choosing Saint Francis:  “I chose Saint Francis because of the amazing academics and lacrosse program, starting with the staff and players. I have always wanted to play for a Division One school with a love for lacrosse, and I am so honored that Coach Concheck is giving me this opportunity. I also chose Saint Francis because of its close-knit community and each student’s close relationship with their professors.”
What was the progression that led you to competing in lacrosse at the collegiate level?  “I started playing lacrosse because my siblings also played. I always looked up to them and wanted to play the same sports as them. Naturally, when they started looking to play in college, I realized that I wanted to as well. The recruiting process started my freshman year of high school, and my club coaches were extremely helpful throughout the process.  I started looking for schools when I was traveling along with my brother and sister, so I already knew what kind of school I saw myself attending. When I was making my decisions, I also wanted to make sure the school I chose had a strong balance of lacrosse and academics.”
Coach Jamie Kane says:  “Kelly is extremely hardworking, coachable, pleasant to be around, and can literally play any position on the field.  She brings out the best lacrosse in the players around her.  If I ask my team to use more fakes in pre-game huddle, she'll be the first person to fake out her defender and score with a well placed shot...and then she'll fake three more times before half. When she's not on attack, she's intercepting the ball or slowing the ball down with great transition defense. I call her our ‘workhorse’ because she is involved in almost every play offensively, defensively, and in transition. She has never complained or uttered a negative word, she's honed this in her leadership skills as a multi-year and multi-sport captain. Kelly is very positive and constructive, which is so amazing. Those traits will serve her well for years to come, no matter what she is doing.  She is skilled and athletic with a nose for the ball, which is why she tallied 35 draw controls last season. I can't wait to watch her lead and play this spring, and am really looking forward to following her career at St. Francis.”
About Kelly:
Favorite food:  Pickles
Favorite movie:  Get Smart
Favorite music:  Country

Samantha Intrieri – Towson University (Lacrosse)
Major:
Business Administration
Reasons for choosing Towson: “I love everything about Towson University. As soon as I stepped onto the campus, I knew it was perfect for me. Both the coaching staff and lacrosse program are everything I wanted from a school, and couldn’t be happier with my choice.”
What was the progression that led you to competing in lacrosse at the collegiate level?  “I have played lacrosse since I was seven years old, but never took it seriously until I was around twelve. I grew up playing through Wisslax, which was just a township league until I joined my club team STEPS Philly in middle school. Ever since I started playing club lacrosse, I knew I wanted to continue my career through college. My recruiting process began during my freshman year of high school when I started to visit several college campuses. During the summer going into my junior year, I had the opportunity to attend Towson’s summer lacrosse camp. I knew from the start that Towson was the perfect school for me. I committed to play lacrosse there in the beginning of my junior year, and could not be happier to be a Tiger.”
Coach Jamie Kane says:  “Sam is one of the absolute fastest players I have ever coached, and in lacrosse, speed trumps all. I have yet to see a defender slow her down in midfield transition; if she does slow down, it's because she is setting up a play or has a good idea in mind for our team. Scoring five and six goals in many of our games, her ability to score kept us in the game and many times gave us a fighting chance, especially against teams with more scoring threats. Sam was man-marked and she still was never stopped. Sam had 126 career goals as a junior, 68 of those goals were scored last season when Sam was NEVER standing behind the restraining line waiting for the ball to reach the attacking end. All of those goals were scored while she was running coast to coast, playing defense, midfield, attack, and often taking the draw. I can't wait to see Sam play this spring.  Her intensity raises the intensity level of the entire team.  I am confident that her talents are going to be used very quickly on the field at Towson.”
About Sam:
Favorite food:
Anything from Chick-fil-A
Favorite movie: Pitch Perfect
Favorite music: Pop & Rap