Marshall senior midfielder Rachel Waldron signed her National Letter of Intent to play lacrosse at Coastal Carolina on Tuesday, becoming just the second Statesman girls’ lacrosse player to sign with a Division 1 school.
Only four years removed from consecutive one-win seasons, Marshall went 10-5 last spring, advancing to the AAA Northern Region semifinals. Waldron was at the center of it all, shattering school records all season.
She enters her final year at Marshall already owning the team record for goals in a game (8) and single season goals (68) and assists (27). Last year she broke the career goals mark of 126 (held by 1996 graduate Michelle Shield) and heads into her senior season with 130.
An honorable mention All-Met, Waldron earned first team Northern Region and Liberty District honors and played for on the championship-winning Washington D.C. Girls All-Stars team at the Under Armour All-America Underclassmen Games.
Marshall Coach Nicholle Depaz Clinton, a 2003 graduate who played at Old Dominion and Virginia Tech, is the only other Statesman graduate to play Division 1 girls’ lacrosse.
“It has been an honor to coach Rachel. She is a dynamic player and an inspirational captain,” Depaz Clinton said. “She works all year long to consistently improve her craft. Rachel is the catalyst that has taken this one-win program in 2007 to a 10-win program in 2011.
“You do not get the opportunity to coach an athlete like Rachel every day. We are all very proud of her and excited for the great things she will do for the Chanticleers.”
Coastal Carolina, which has never before had a women’s lacrosse program, will begin competition in the spring of 2013. In August they named 2008 William & Mary graduate Jaime Sellers the team’s head coach.