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LILJ Interview with University of Delaware Commit Emma McLam

Emma McLam has officially committed to further her academic and athletic career at University of Delaware. Before she joins the Blue Hens family, she will have two more opportunities to make another run at the State Championship with the Northport tigers.

McLam started playing lacrosse in kindergarten and was coached by her dad who is a former Johns Hopkins athlete. Her older sister is currently playing Division III lacrosse at Franklin and Marshall and her younger brother is also a lacrosse player, so it has always been a big part of her family. She always knew she wanted to play at the next level and had so many mentors to look up to who helped lead her to this point.

Northport girls lacrosse has been very successful, especially the 2019 season where they won the State Championship while McLam was an eighth grader. “I love my coaches and teammates. We have such good chemistry, and we are such a good program at Northport. The community there is so amazing and supportive,” she said. She described her team as competitive and a beneficial part of her lacrosse career. The girls all get along really well, and they are fortunate to have coaches who are great people.

McLam is currently in field hockey season, where her team will be competing in the state tournament this weekend. In preparation for the spring season, her teammates are participating in a winter league and trying to get together as a team as much as possible. Individually, she hopes to improve her game to the next level in whatever way she can. “I just want to play to win and have fun and be the best version of myself that I can be on and off the field.”

McLam plays club lacrosse for the Long Island Yellow Jackets and has been a member since third grade. She said it has been a great experience to compete with and against some of the best players in the country. She has been able to make some great friends and learn so much from playing with them.

She started her recruitment process about a year ago and knew she was looking for a school that truly wanted her. “I thought that Delaware really took the time to get to know me and it was something that really drew me in.” She loves how Delaware can give her a big campus feel but she is able to make it feel like a small campus if she wants to. The coaches and girls on the team were super supportive and are showing improvement each year as a program.

Her advice to aspiring collegiate athletes is to take the process slow and to be patient. Make sure you see all your options and find a school that reciprocates interest. McLam is most looking forward to being a part of the team at UD and joining the competitive, hard-working culture they have created there. She hopes to help her team win and hopefully claim the CAA Championship title.


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