CULVER — As Elon University looks to build a women’s lacrosse program, the Phoenix will have the help of Culver Girls Academy standout Olivia Rabbitt.
Rabbitt, an Annapolis, Maryland native, has committed to play NCAA Division I women’s lacrosse at Elon and will be a part of the inaugural team with competition beginning in the spring of 2014 under coach Josh Hexter, former associate head coach at Duke.
“I am so excited to be a part of the first ever women’s lacrosse team at Elon,” said Rabbitt. “I love Coach Hexter’s coaching style, and think he will bring great enthusiasm and experience to the new program. I am thrilled to have him as my coach.”
Rabbitt, an attack for the Lady Eagles who was the team’s second leading scorer during her sophomore season in 2011, is a two-time Women’s National Lacrosse Team pick for Indiana/ Kentucky, a two-time Indiana All Tournament Team selection and a two-time North Regional Team member. She has also played on Indy United and CC Lax Summer Club Teams as well as for Severn School of Severna Park, Md.
“Elon has the full package of strong academics, nice size, great location and beautiful campus. Adding a D1 lacrosse program makes it that much more desirable,” said Rabbitt of her choice. “Elon is a great fit for me, and I felt right at home when I first stepped on to campus.”
Elon University is a private liberal arts university in Elon, North Carolina and an NCAA DI member school. The women’s lacrosse program will be the 17th varsity sport and 10th women’s athletic program at the university and the the first addition of a varsity sport at Elon since 2000-01, when women’s indoor and outdoor track and field began competition. Elon lacrosse has been invited to join the Atlantic Sun Conference beginning with its inaugural season next year.
Rabbitt plans to major in Business or Communications and says she is excited to join her her brother Ryan at Elon next year.
“I am so thankful for all of the support and sacrifices my parents and family have given me; financially and emotionally, traveling to games and cheering me on,” said Rabbitt. “I appreciate the encouragement, guidance and expertise all of my coaches gave me.”