Source: Grosse Pointe News Online

Maher anxious to play college lax

by Bob St. John Sports Editor

July 18, 2013

Kit Maher did a complete 180-degree turn during her selection of colleges.

The 17-year-old Grosse Pointe North graduate planned on attending the University of Michigan and dive head first into being a student.

At the last second, an opportunity arose to continue her athletic career and she signed on the dotted line to be a student-athlete at Albion College.

“It’s quite a change of colleges, but in the end I’m very excited about my decision and this opportunity to play lacrosse at Albion,” Maher said.

Maher’s 4.0 grade point average helped her earn scholarship money to cut her tuition in half and her ability to excel on the lacrosse field caught the eye of Albion women’s lacrosse coach Shanta Loecker.

“Kit is a wonderful student-athlete and I’m excited to have her in our program,” Loecker said. “She is smart, has good prospective, and I eventually see her as one of our leaders.

“Having Kit in our program makes us better.”

Maher began playing lacrosse in high school and improved her game with Detroit Lacrosse, which she played for during her junior year.

She moved to Champion Lacrosse this season and developed even more.

“I’m glad I played for Detroit Lacrosse because it helped me improve a ton and I playing for Champion Lacrosse had a lot of benefits, too,” Mahser said.

Another benefit was playing at the high school level for North varsity girls’ lacrosse head coach Bill Seaman and his assistant, Larry VanOverbeke.

“I loved playing for Bill and Larry,” she said. “They made it a lot of fun, but I also learned a lot about the game and what I need to do to play at the next level.

“They helped me develop the skills I will need to succeed at Albion and I’m excited to play in college.”

She played defense her sophomore year and scored only three goals. After moving to a forward her junior year, her production drastically jumped to 22 goals, and this spring she scored 21.

Maher finished her North career with 46 goals and five assists for 51 points.

“I love playing lacrosse and I’m glad to get the chance to further my career at the next level,” Maher said.

The Britons finished 6-9 this season and 2-4 in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association. They won their first two MIAA games, beating Olivet 13-9 and Calvin 7-6, but lost 14-13 to Trine, 18-12 to Hope, 19-12 to Alma and 20-5 to Adrian.

The Britons managed to make the MIAA playoffs as the No. 4 seed and lost 21-2 to Adrian, ending the season.

The program is only a couple of years of old and the roster is loaded with underclassmen.

There will be only a couple of seniors on the squad next year, giving Maher the chance to see significant playing time.

“It’s a good situation for me since I will get the chance to hopefully earn a lot of playing time,” Maher said. “Plus, Albion is a great school that focuses on education, so my coaches will make sure I’m getting the job done in the classroom before getting the job done on the field.”

Maher has to maintain a 3.5 grade point average to keep her scholarships. She is in Albion’s Honors College, which is an honor.

“I know there is pressure to maintain my grade point average in the tough honors college, but I want to earn higher than a 3.5,” she said. “I’m working hard this summer to stay in great shape so I’m ready to start my college career.”

Maher is working out and doing a lot of cardio work, plus playing a lot of lacrosse before leaving for Albion Aug. 23.

Her first collegiate game is in March.