Abbey D’Elia has committed to further her academic and athletic career at Binghamton University. The junior attack from St. Anthony’s is looking to win two more championships with the Friars before she starts her Division I lacrosse career.
D’Elia started playing lacrosse at age four and it has always been a big part of her family. She was fortunate enough to have her dad, a former player, coach her when she was little. “I realized I loved it the second I held a stick, but as I progressed and kept getting older, probably around middle school, I realized I wanted to play in college,” she said.
Her experience playing at St. Anthony’s has been amazing. The coaches are great, and the competition is very high, which were big parts of her decision to attend high school there. The team has shown great success, seeing as the varsity team won the NSCHSGAA championship last spring, which is one of her all-time favorite memories from lacrosse.
D’Elia’s off-season training includes a lot of conditioning and lifting. But she also makes sure she gets on the field as much as she can. Liberty Lacrosse has been D’Elia’s club program since seventh grade and her current coach is Danielle Estrasco. “Every single coach I’ve had has been amazing and pushed me like crazy,” she said. She thanks her teammates for their supportive nature and her coaches for bringing out the best in her.
The summer before junior year was very hectic with all the recruiting showcases and tournaments that D’Elia attended. On September 1st, she waited up until midnight to see which coaches would contact her. One of the texts she got was from Binghamton University. “That was one I was especially excited for, I mean that’s been my favorite school since I can remember,” she said. Her coach in elementary school played there and D’Elia always looked up to her.
She described the recruitment process as stressful but believes she could not have made a better decision for herself. Her success through her club team contributed to her commitment, however St. Anthony’s being the powerhouse it is for lacrosse also provided her with opportunities to play at the next level as well.
Due to the pandemic, coaches could not see her play last fall. This is where film become very helpful. “Every person that gets recruited says that you just get a feeling, and that’s pretty much what it was,” she said. When she visited campus, she said Coach Allen and the whole coaching staff were amazing. She chose Binghamton for their amazing academics and lacrosse program and loved the feel of everything. “I haven’t felt more welcome anywhere, they’re just amazing. And the chemistry that the girls have on the team just made you feel like part of a family and that’s really what I was looking for.”
After completing the recruiting process, the advice she leaves for prospective college athletes is to not worry about anyone but yourself. There never comes a point where you don’t have things to work on, so just focus on yourself and work to get better every day.
D’Elia loves Binghamton’s campus and the area surrounding it. Since it is a SUNY school, there will be a lot of girls she is mutually friends with, or she knows will be going there as well. Some of her best memories from lacrosse were made at all the tournaments and hotels she shared with her teammates. “I feel like I’m just excited to have a special bond with my teammates there.”