(March 6, 2020) Worcester Prep senior Carly Hoffman celebrated her commitment to play Division I lacrosse for Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Maryland, during a ceremony at the Berlin school on Feb. 24.
She made a verbal commitment to attend the school last April and signed her official National Letter of Intent three weeks ago.
Hoffman, 18, who has been playing lacrosse for 12 years, received both academic and athletic scholarships.
She likes the campus and said the school is similar to Worcester, with small class sizes.
“It’s just a really good school, good coaches, good teachers and a good team,” Hoffman said. “It’s a very family-oriented team and that’s what sold me.”
Hoffman said she plans to major in business management.
Her goal, she said, is to “keep the balance of playing well and doing well in the classroom, build good relationships with my teammates and my teachers and just have fun while doing it.”
“I have no doubt she’s going to be successful in whatever she does,” Prep Lacrosse Coach Chris Williams said.
Before Hoffman heads off to St. Mary’s she has one season left playing lacrosse for Worcester.
“I think it’s going to be a great year for Worcester Prep,” she said. “It’s my last season, I just want to have fun with everyone.”
Hoffman, who also plays basketball for Worcester, has been a lacrosse captain since her sophomore year. She was named Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference Player of the Year in 2018 and 2019. The midfielder also earned All-Conference honors the past three years.
“She will do anything you ask her to do,” Williams said. “You’d never know by looking at her, but she’s the fiercest competitor on the field. She’s always looking out for her teammates … she’s like a coach on the field for me, which has been great.”
Going into the 2020 season, Hoffman has tallied 110 goals, 26 assists, 202 draw controls and 115 ground ball possessions in three years.
“She’s just a complete player, just an all-around fantastic player and teammate,” Williams said.
He will count on Hoffman again this season for leadership, especially since the team graduated seven players, most of whom were main contributors in 2019.
“She’s been a leader, but she’s going to have a couple more shoes to fill,” Williams said. “Our senior class is a big class so I have high expectations this year, but I need her help to pull everything together to make up for what we lost last year.”