Congratulations to Ultimate Chester County 2020 player Lily Niemkiewicz! The talented attacker from Unionville High School has committed to play lacrosse and study at St. Joseph’s University! Niemkiewicz will join several other Ultimate grads that have thrived at SJU.
“Lily is a fast, strong, smart player that is a great contributor on both ends of the field while being impactful between the 30’s,” explained Ultimate Head Coach Michele DeJuliis. “She plays with so much intensity and is really fun to watch. We can’t wait to see Lily take her game to the next level!”
“I love the team camaraderie at St. Joe’s, it’s awesome to see how much the team has improved over the years. SJU has a perfect balance between athletics and academics for me, and I’m very excited to spend my college years in Philly. The Hawk Will Never Die!” explained Niemkiewicz. “I’d like to thank my family for supporting me in all of my lacrosse endeavors and for believing in me every step of the way. I’d also like to thank all of my coaches and teammates throughout the years for teaching me the game, making me a better player and pushing me to keep giving it my all. A special thank you to Michele DeJuliis and Siena Childs at Ultimate Lacrosse for providing opportunities to play at such a high level and for their full support throughout the recruiting process. Ultimate helped me develop over the years by focusing on fundamentals and my coaches always emphasized having confidence in my skills and making smart decisions on the field. Lastly, thank you to Coach Kahoe, Coach Dawson and Coach Lynch at Saint Joseph’s University for seeing the best in me and giving me the opportunity of a lifetime.”
A proven winner, Niemkiewicz was a key part of Unionville High School’s 2018 State Championship. Niemkiewicz is a crafty player with a knack for scoring--always finding creative ways to finish or setup her teammates for success. Off the lacrosse field Niemkiewicz is equally successful. A star student, Niemkiewicz is a Distinguished Honor Roll student and a member of the National Honor Society. While at SJU Niemkiewicz plans to study interdisciplinary health services or pharmaceutical marketing.
A force to be reckoned with in the Atlantic 10 Conference (which features Davidson, Duquesne, George Mason, George Washington, La Salle, St. Bonaventure Richmond, UMass, and VCU), St. Joseph’s has gone 21-6 in A-10 play over the past three seasons, a stint where the Hawks have made it into the A-10 tournament three consecutive times. Head Coach Kahoe, who was a five-time National Champion, three time All-American, and two-time NCAA Goalkeeper of the Year at the University of Maryland, has made an immediate impact on the Hawks after taking over as Head Coach in 2014. Under Coach Kahoe the Hawks have set program records for most wins in a season two seasons in a row (11 in 2017, 12 in 2018) and made it all the way to the A-10 Tournament semi-finals in 2018. Head Coach Kahoe’s assistants are equally talented, as Assistant Coach Colleen Dawson was a NCAA champion at Maryland and Assistant Coach Becky Lynch was a 2012 Tewaaraton Award Finalist. The SJU roster currently features three Ultimate grads, Fran Donato, Riley Delaney, and Sophia Kolkka. Senior Donato is currently SJU’s leader in assists and points. Ultimate PA 2020 player Olivia Pace will also be on the SJU roster with Niemkiewicz.
Congratulations on your commitment to SJU, Lily!