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Salisbury signs to play at Cornell

May 23, 2009|By TIM KOELBLE

SAINT JAMES -- Caroline Salisbury will continue to expand on her lacrosse abilities at the college level much the same way she has done for the past four years at Saint James.

Salisbury, the reigning Herald-Mail Girls Lacrosse Player of the Year and a candidate to repeat those honors this year, will attend Cornell University in the fall and play lacrosse on the Division I level.

She will be the second Washington County athlete playing and studying at Cornell. Alex Tyler will be a senior on the Big Red men's basketball team.

"My goal coming into high school was to always move on and play Division I lacrosse," said Salisbury.

During her tenure at Saint James, Salisbury pumped in 290 goals and recorded 105 assists.

"The biggest difference I know will be the speed of the game," said Salisbury, who started playing lacrosse with she was 2 years old. "I know that I have to go in and earn the playing time."

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Salisbury doesn't mind the defensive end of the game, but expects to be in an attack position.

"That's where the action is," she said.

"We are very excited to welcome Caroline to the Cornell lacrosse family," said women's lacrosse coach Jenny Graap. "She was a top scholar-athlete at Saint James. We're hopeful that her experience and work ethic will allow her to continue her success at the Division I level."

Salisbury visited Cornell a few weeks ago and came away with an optimistic outlook -- not just for lacrosse.

"I feel good and am excited," she said. "I liked the lacrosse team and the like the agriculture school."

Salisbury plans on majoring in Agricultural Sciences and might pick up a second major. She grew up on a farm with her family and has her sights set on continuing her post-college life in farming.

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