#NationalSigningDay2020: Emily Cole signs to become a Ram at Shepherd University


Eric Miller

Emily Cole smiles with her Parents Angie Cole and Kevin Cole after signing to Shepherd University.

by Emily McNally and Megan Hobbs

“Fight On and Win Again for Old SU.”

On February 5, low attack player, Emily Cole signed her National Letter of Intent, committing to Shepherd University on Signing Day.

Cole has been playing lacrosse since third grade. During her freshman year of high school, she was already playing on the varsity team. During Cole’s first game of her freshman year, she scored three out of the total five points for Linganore. Cole’s primary position is Attack and her secondary position is Midfield.

Cole’s dad has been her biggest supporter. “I know my mom may be hurt by that, but my dad did so much for me. He drove me to prospect clinics, helped me form emails to the college coaches, and he gave me the straight up truth about colleges and if I’m going to play or not.”

“Emily is one of the hardest working girls on the team. She really motivates other girls who may not be hearing vocally from her, but see her example on the field” said girls lacrosse coach, Brooke Wilson. “She leads by silent example.” 

Shepherd University takes their athletics very seriously. Shepherd fields 13 NCAA Division II teams, including girls lacrosse. SU is located in West Virginia and currently enrolls 4,041 students. 

Cole’s dad, Kevin Cole had a major contribution in helping Cole choose a school. Distance was a major factor for Emily because she did not want to be far from her family. 

“It’s time to kick the bird out of the nest but she’s ready. I’m gonna miss her terribly though. But she’s only going to be less than an hour away” Cole’s mom, Angie Cole said.

Cole isn’t sure what she is going to major in yet.

“It’s definitely going to be sad not seeing her on the field anymore” said Wilson.