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MHS Sends Lacross Star Hanna Longwell to Division 1 Colgate

McLean High School (MHS) senior lacrosse goalkeeper, Hanna Longwell, has signed a National Letter of Intent to play Division I lacrosse at Colgate University. The Colgate Raiders are the reigning 2009 Patriot League Women’s Lacrosse Champions.

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McLean’s four Division 1 Class of ‘10 seniors (left to right): varsity baseball shortstop/second baseman Chris Russo, who has signed with Virginia Military Institute; lacrosse goalie Hanna Longwell, Colgate; softball shortstop Lauren McColgan, George Mason University; baseball pitcher/shortstop Sean Fitzgerald, Notre Dame. (Photos: Kent Arnold/Hero Moment Imaging, 2009)

“I am so excited to have committed to Colgate University,” says Longwell. “I am thankful for all the support that I have gotten from my high school and club coaches during the recruiting process.”

McLean’s girls varsity lacrosse Head Coach Anne Inzerello is very supportive of Longwell’s efforts and ability. “Hanna works hard and accepts nothing less than perfection … As coaches, we feel very lucky to have had Hanna play for us and we are looking forward to her final season as a senior.”

Longwell’s achievements and merit have been widely recognized over the years.

As McLean’s starting varsity goalie since her freshman year, Longwell’s lacrosse honors include: All-Region Goalkeeper of the Year, All-Met Honorable Mention, All-Region First Team, All-District Second Team (junior year); Team MVP, All-District 1st Team and All-Region 2nd Team (sophomore year); All-District 1st Team, All-Region Honorable Mention (freshman year); and nine-time Scholar-Athlete Award recipient.

Longwell’s senior high school lacrosse season begins in the spring. She is a captain of both the varsity lacrosse and cheer teams, and has also competed as a member of the gymnastics team.

Longwell is on target to earn 13 varsity letters during her high school career, qualifying her for McLean’s prestigious Angus Award.

MHS Director of Activities Tom Herman said that this may be a school record for the most varsity letters earned.

Longwell has devoted an enormous amount of time to lacrosse training, practices, camps and tournaments. In addition to high school lacrosse, Longwell has played for Capital Lacrosse, M&D Lacrosse, Potomac Power, McLean Magic and Stars Lacrosse, at one point playing on four travel teams simultaneously.

As an 11-year old, Longwell was selected to the U-13 National Festival Team, and to the U-15 National Festival Team as a 12 year old. She was goalkeeper for Morris’s undefeated 2006 NVYLL MYL U-15A Champions during their 11-0 season. Longwell has earned a spot on the U.S. Lacrosse Women’s Division National HS Team for the Mid-Atlantic Region for the past three years.

The Longwells are keeping it all in the family. Longwell will join her sister, Alexis, at Colgate University. The elder Longwell, a 2009 graduate of McLean High School, is currently a soccer goalkeeper for the Colgate Raiders. Younger brother, Robert, is a freshman at McLean.