Jordan Bentley received “a lot” of calls on Sept. 1, the first day college coaches could contact her about attending their schools and playing lacrosse there. She’s glad to have ended the process last weekend with just one call.
Bentley, a junior at Queensbury, gave her verbal commitment to attend the University of Richmond. A midfielder, she said Richmond coach Allison Kwolek envisions her staying at that position.
Bentley had narrowed her choices to the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, George Mason, Old Dominion and Richmond. She said she was leaning toward UMass until she visited Richmond, where everything academically, socially and athletically clicked for her.
Bentley was a first-team All-Foothills Council selection last season as a sophomore. Notably, she scored a team-high five goals in the Spartans’ 9-8 win over Niskayuna in the Section II, Class B championship, as well as four goals in the team’s 17-10 state regional semifinal loss to John Jay-Cross River.
Bentley has been on the varsity lacrosse team since her eighth-grade season, so coach Dave Huth said the coaching staff always knew her potential. She used the team’s last few big games to tap it.
“You need young players to step up then and she took that role in stride,” Huth said. “She’s put in the hard work, the dedication, time in the weight room, all while being a team player. She had to work for this.”
Bentley, who also plays club lacrosse for ADK Girls Lacrosse, said she’s especially tried to develop her stick skills.
“I always have a stick in my hands and will work on cradles, wall-ball,” Bentley said. “Other than the endurance, stick skills are what I wanted to work on the most.”
Bentley becomes the second local player to commit to Richmond. Saratoga Springs senior Lindsey Frank plans to play both field hockey and lacrosse for the Spiders.
Richmond, a member of the Atlantic 10 Conference in women’s lacrosse, finished 16-4 last season and played in one round of the NCAA Division I Tournament.
Bentley said, at first, she thought the recruiting process would be shorter than it was, and it wasn’t as smooth a process as she would have liked.
“But it paid off in the end,” Bentley said.