BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Mackenzie Lloyd has been accepted and committed to play lacrosse at Susquehanna University in September, 2020. During her signing ceremony, she thanked her family, coaches, and administration for encouraging her and guiding her through the college application and decision process.
As a three-sport varsity athlete at Governor Livingston for the past four years, Lloyd participated in cross country, winter track and lacrosse. She was part of the cross-country team that won the State Sectional Championship in 2017 and currently serves as captain of the Varsity Girls Lacrosse team.
Gov. Livingston girls head lacrosse coach Chloe Griffin said, “Mackenzie is an incredibly hard worker. I have coached her now for three years and each year she comes into the season more prepared than the last. She is always asking what she can do to get better while helping the younger players learn. She shows up at practice with a smile on her face and is prepared to work harder than she did the day before. I am so proud that all of her dedication to the sport has paid off and think that Susquehanna is very lucky to have her!”
Lloyd has played for two club lacrosse teams (BBL and DEW LAX ) over the past eight years. Her coaches at DEW LAX talk about how Lloyd has a lot of grit when she plays defensive midi and leaves it all out on the field.
When asked about what she has learned, Lloyd said, “The one thing I learned is that the sacrifice is worth it! When my friends were going to sleepovers and birthday parties, I was studying or playing at lacrosse tournaments. To all the girls who work hard academically and athletically to play at the collegiate level—keep going, push yourself, and be a go -getter. It will make you stronger in the end!”
Lloyd said she is looking forward to being a part of a strong Division III lacrosse team. Her new college head coach, Randall Swope, is in her second season at Susquehanna. Lloyd will be a part of the first team Coach Swope has hand-picked for Susquehanna.
Coach Swope said, “From the very first time I met Mackenzie and had a chance to get to know her, I knew she was the right fit for the type of athlete I was looking for in my first recruiting class at SU. She is so passionate about life, takes herself very seriously, and has a top-notch work ethic. On top of all of that, she is eager to learn and takes coaching cues to heart and puts them to work immediately. She's tough as nails and I am thrilled to have her not just in the program as an athlete, but also to have a chance to mentor her through life skills to help her achieve her goals outside of lacrosse.”
Coach Swope has been a Division I lacrosse coach for years at Bucknell and Franklin & Marshall. She graduated from University of Maryland and was part of three NCAA Championships (two as an athlete and one as an assistant coach). Coach Swope was on the U.S. National team for 12 years and in 2001 they won the gold medal because of her winning shot! She was recently selected as one of 50 coaches to receive the national Positive Coaching Alliance Double Goal award.
Mackenzie is the daughter of Julie and Jason Lloyd of Berkeley Heights and will be continuing the Susquehanna legacy at her mother's alma mater.