Lambert rising sophomore Landyn White doesn’t know her future with the Lady Longhorns’ lacrosse team as much as she knows where she’ll be playing when her high school tenure comes to an end.
So goes the competitive environment of varsity lacrosse in her hometown.
“That just tells you really all you need to know about the competition in Forsyth County,” White said.
White said she’s not sure whether or not she’ll have a more permanent role on the varsity team at Lambert this coming season, but she made the decision Tuesday to commit to play in one of the toughest conferences in the country when she joins Virginia Tech’s team in 2018.
Last season Virginia Tech finished 6-12 and 0-7 in the Atlantic Coast Conference, but had an RPI of 40 out of 107 thanks to a schedule that included No. 12 ranked Ohio State, No. 5 Duke, No. 17 Notre Dame, No. Louisville, No. 3 North Carolina, No. 7 Syracuse, No. 3 Boston College, No. 5 Virginia and No. 2 North Carolina at the time of competition, respectively.
“They play a really tough schedule in the ACC. As a high-level lacrosse player, it makes me want to push myself to upset those teams, and get into the NCAA tournament,” White said.
White was offered by Virginia Tech—one of her ideal landing spots thanks to having roots to Roanoke, Va., which is 30 minutes from Blacksburg, Va.—on Monday after a strong showcase in front of the Hokies’ coaches in an LB3 tournament in Richmond, Va.
She committed Tuesday, calling the decision a “no-brainer.”
“I really fell in love with the coaching staff. All of them bring so much to the program,” White said. “It’s a wonderful opportunity to go up there and play. Knowing that I wanted to go to VT, this was an easy decision for my family and me.”
White made the visit to Virginia Tech last week and said she fell in love with the school’s architecture, its campus environment and its athletic facilities.
“The weight room is like something from a dream,” White said.
The plan is for White to play goalie at Virginia Tech—the same position she played for her LB3 team, a club team that features some of the best regional talent at the high school-age level. However, this past season, she was the junior varsity team’s leading scorer and total-point performer from the attack position.
She said her role with the program this coming season is still uncertain, but that that uncertainty is a testament to the strength of the program at Lambert.
“I couldn’t play goalie last year because Morgan Berman was in there. She’s committed to play Division I lacrosse as well at Winthrop. There’s just a ton of talent in our program,” White said.