Delaney Radin has officially committed to play Division I lacrosse at the University of Florida. She will join some of her Long Island teammates in Gainesville for the fall of 2023 after playing two more seasons for Long Beach varsity lacrosse.
Radin started playing lacrosse in second grade and joined her first travel team in fourth grade. Following in the footsteps of her dad and her cousins, she always dreamed of playing collegiate lacrosse. She loves playing lacrosse at Long Beach and thanks all her coaches for making her the best possible player and person she can be.
She said all of the upperclassmen she has gotten to opportunity to play with have inspired her, especially Lexie Correia who currently plays at Stony Brook. “I’ve just always looked up to her. She’s always been such a good mentor to me. She would always hype me up before games, she’s just the best,” she said.
In preparation for the spring season, she has been doing lots of cardio, strength, sprints, and footwork drills. “As, I’m getting older and getting to the next level, my stick skills just have to be absolutely elite.” During the fall season, she swims competitively for her high school as well.
This is Radin’s third year playing for Long Island Yellow Jackets, which she refers to as the best program there is. “They have done everything they can for me in the recruiting process. The tournaments they put us in are just the best tournaments, the best brackets always,” she said.
Radin said she always wanted to go to a really big school. One with great football and lacrosse programs and great academics. She described her recruiting process as very, very stressful. Towards the end, she narrowed her choices down to five schools. When she visited Florida, she watched the Florida vs Alabama game and thought “I think this is the place for me.”
She absolutely loves her future coaching staff. Coach O’Leary, Taryn, and Regy all welcomed her right away as well as the girls currently on the team. It was a difficult decision to decide where to further her lacrosse career, but the coaching staff really was the factor that made Florida the best option. She stayed overnight in the dorms with her LI Yellow Jacket teammates, Alyssa Deacy and Kiera Rooney, and had the best time. She just knew it was the place for her.
Radin believes both her high school and club lacrosse teams prepared her well for recruitment. Coach Curcio, who is the recruiting director for LI Yellow Jackets was very helpful and honest in Radin’s process. Some advice she leaves for aspiring collegiate players is, “just stay positive through the process, trust the process always. There’s going to be days where you get really frustrated with yourself, but those are the days that make you better than everyone else by getting through them.”
Radin is excited for the warm, beautiful Florida weather and is looking to study psychology with the goal of being a guidance counselor in the future. “I’m looking forward to joining a new lacrosse family, going really far, and hopefully winning a national championship.”