Girls Lacrosse: Nick joins Loyola delegation at All-American game
Evanston's Shannon Smith (16) tries to block a shot by Loyola's Maggie Nick (33) during their lacrosse match. | Dan Luedert~Sun-Times Media
Updated: July 29, 2012 6:48AM
Basketball was the big sport in the Nick household when Maggie was growing up.
Soon, it may be lacrosse.
A rising junior at Loyola, Maggie Nick plays both basketball and lacrosse, but her future beyond high school mostly likely will be with lacrosse.
“I am trying to figure it all out,” said Nick, one of six siblings. “It’s hard because I love both of them. I might have better opportunities with lacrosse.”
This weekend, Nick, along with several other Ramblers, will travel to Baltimore as part of Under Armour’s All-America series.
Katherine Eilers, Dede Snediker, Mary Kate Vanecko, Grace Foley, Karina De Hueck and Anna Schueler also are making the trip to the East Coast.
“It’s going to be some great competition for us,” Nick said.
A basketball player most of her young life, Nick, a Chicago resident, picked up lacrosse in middle school, the same year Loyola started its run of four consecutive state championships.
Nick stood on the sideline as a freshman when the Ramblers won the state title in 2011. This spring, she worked her way into the starting lineup and became a major contributor on offense, ultimately helping Loyola beat New Trier in the state final for the program’s fourth title in a row.
In the winter, Nick joined the Loyola’s girls basketball team on its first trip to the state tournament since 1999. The Ramblers finished fourth.
“Last year exceeded all of my hopes, for sure,” she said. “It was such a cool opportunity to be able to do those things for both teams. It was a really awesome to be part of those teams.”
Both Loyola teams are lucky to have Nick back for two more years. What’s more, she will spend one more school year with incoming senior Anna Schueler, also a standout in both basketball and lacrosse. Schueler recently verbally committed to play lacrosse at Michigan.
“We are looking forward to next year,” said Nick, who’s been working out with both squads. “It’s been a very busy summer.”
Nick also plays for Wildcat Elite, a lacrosse club based out of Northwestern.
The Wildcats, under coach Kelly Amonte Hiller, have won seven of the last eight NCAA national championships. Northwestern’s coaches and players coach the club team.
“I went to Stony Brook, in New York, for the (Final Four) games,” Nick said. “We know all the players and coaches, and it was cool seeing them play and having them wave at us.”