by: Glenn Cravens, Salinas Californian sports writer
When Sophia White found out about Emmanuel College, it piqued her interest.
Once the Santa Catalina School senior visited the campus, she knew it was the place to go.
White plans to attend Emmanuel College this fall, where she will play lacrosse and work toward a degree in biology.
“I’m so excited,” White said. “It’s in Boston, and that’s the ultimate college town. I’m looking forward to that in addition to playing lacrosse.”
White is a three-sport student-athlete at Santa Catalina, having just finished up playing soccer. She also was on the field hockey team. Both squads won MTAL championships this school year.
She hoped to play lacrosse on the next level, and she’ll be able to do that at Emmanuel College.
During a college fair in San Francisco, there was a representative of Emmanuel College there, and White asked about the school. The allure of being on the East Coast attracted White immediately. The representative then mentioned the small campus that was walkable. It also had several sports programs, including lacrosse.
“Since my sophomore year, I knew Emmanuel College was my top choice,” White said. “I’ve had backups, but I knew if I got into Emmanuel, I would go.”
Emmanuel’s women’s lacrosse team went 9-5 overall and 5-4 in conference play. This season’s team is ranked fifth in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference.
The campus is located a couple of blocks away from Fenway Park, home of the current World Series champion Red Sox.
If all goes well, White plans to move in the medical field and become an anesthesiologist. She said she’s not worried about how tense that field of work could be.
“I’ve worked in high-pressure situations before,” she said. “With sports, I’ve felt like I’ve worked well under pressure there. And I’ll get to be trained.”