Brooklyne Waddell has been committed to San Diego State University for about a year.
Earlier this month, the Wilsonville lacrosse standout finally got to sign her national letter of intent.
"Everything feels real now," Waddell said on Nov. 14 during a ceremony at the high school. "It's really exciting. It's a cool opportunity to see everyone here supporting me."
Waddell has wanted to play lacrosse in college for much longer.
In the eighth grade, she began constructing a list of all the schools she would like to play at and began emailing coaches.
"I grew up with a bunch of people that I knew who played in college," said Waddell, an attacker who began playing lacrosse in the second grade with Wilsonville Youth Lacrosse. "All these high school players went off to play college at Cornell and Northwestern. I looked up to them and I wanted to do that."
Once she joined Tenacity Project, a lacrosse club founded by Theresa Sherry, a three-time All-American at Princeton, Waddell says she started seeing college coaches on the sidelines during her games.
Her freshman year of high school, Waddell began training with Damon Griffin, former University of Oregon and NFL wide receiver.
She also has served as an ambassador for Wilsonville Youth Lacrosse, volunteering at camps and officiating games.
By the end of her sophomore year, Waddell cut her list down to three schools — the University of Oregon, Arizona State and San Diego State.
"I really wanted to go to a big school with a big football team and big school spirit," said Waddell, who was invited and attended junior day events at all three colleges.
Waddell bonded with San Diego State head coach Kylee White and assistant Brandi Padilla.
"The coaches were so nice," Waddell said. "They're almost like another mom. They're fun and friendly. I really just fell in love with San Diego's coaches."
The Aztecs offered Waddell a scholarship and a spot on the women's lacrosse team last October.
She committed to San Diego State in November.
"I've always wanted to go to a school someplace sunny," Waddell said. "San Diego obviously has warm weather, and it's 15 minutes from the beach. The campus was beautiful."
The Aztecs won their second straight Mountain Pacific Sports Federation championship in April.
With Waddell's college decision behind her, she went on to score 60 goals while leading the Three Rivers League with 38 assists for Wilsonville in the spring. She also led the conference in both points and goals per game while shooting over 63 percent.
For the second consecutive season, she was voted a First Team All-Three Rivers League and All-State attacker.
"Brooklyne is one of the most effective attackers in the state with a plethora of moves and shots," Wilsonville coach Brett Monello said. "She is extremely effective at creating opportunities for herself while also being one of the state's leaders in assists. Her production on the offensive end remains high despite often drawing a double or triple team and having to play in the midfield due to team personnel issues and shoulder a significant portion of the responsibility to transition the ball to attack."
Waddell went on her official visit to San Diego State this September. Along with attending soccer and volleyball matches, she also got to hang out with the lacrosse team.
"We had a great time," Waddell said. "I got a feeling for what college would be like."
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