Madison Mueller has always had a New York state of mind. From a young age, the West Forsyth senior lacrosse player developed a craving for the Big Apple, a suburban girl hearing about metropolitan adventures. Later, as she became a movie enthusiast set on one day studying media and film production, she couldn’t think of a better place to live.
Turns out lacrosse will help get her there.
Mueller verbally committed this past Friday to Long Island University of Brooklyn, a Division I program that went 7-9 overall and 3-4 in the Northeast Conference this past season.
“Just being at the school, I got to meet the players, and they were probably some of the most welcoming people I’ve met in my (college) search,” Mueller said. “And the coach is a phenomenal person.”
Mueller would give LIU-Brooklyn a prolific scorer. The 2015 Forsyth County News’ Girls Lacrosse Player of the Year has scored 146 goals over the past two seasons, including 96 this past season while at South Forsyth.
LIU-Brooklyn would give Mueller everything she’s been looking for in a college: a New York address and a film production major.
The first time Mueller visited New York City was the summer of 2013 for a family vacation, and she said she “fell in love with it while I was there.”
She returned this past spring, this time on business: a recruiting trip to visit LIU-Brooklyn. She got a tour through New York City with Blackbirds head coach Allison Hanley. She got to meet current players. Mueller left with a scholarship offer and a good feeling about LIU-Brooklyn.
She waited until last week to commit just to be sure.
“I’m so used to being in a small suburban area, so I figured being in a big city would be a lot more exciting,” Mueller said. “There’s so much to do and accomplish there.”