Girls lacrosse: Methacton's Julie Byrne signs with DI UC-Davis

Methacton senior Julie Byrne signs a national letter of intent to continue her academic and lacrosse career at UC-Davis during a recent ceremony at the high school that was also attended by, seated from left, Lois Byrne (Mother), Julie Byrne, and Tim Byrne (Father); standing from left: Shannon Byrne (sister), Laurie Markle (Methacton Head Coach), Brett Byrne (brother)

Julie Byrne profile         

High School: Methacton High School

Graduation Year: 2018

College Choice: UC Davis

Sport/Position: Lacrosse; Midfield/Defense

Parents: Lois and Tim Byrne

Major Athletic Honors: 2016 Varsity Lacrosse Rookie MVP, 2017 Varsity Lacrosse Defensive MVP,  2017 First Team PAC Liberty Division, 2017 Mercury All-Area Second Team, Member of Brine NLC-Finalist PA team, BSN Student Athlete of the Month (winter track), 4 year Varsity Winter Track and 2016 State qualifier (4x400), Winter Track Unsung Hero Award

Academic/community service: Peer buddy and President of Best Buddies, buildOn, National Honor Society, Student Ambassadors

College Major: Managerial Economics

Other schools under consideration: Princeton, Yale, and MIT

Why did you choose this school? “UC Davis is a big school with tons of opportunities. It has the college town atmosphere, great academics, a competitive lacrosse program, and a uniqueness about the school that I fell in love with. And of course there’s tons of guacamole out in California!”

Reflections on high school career: “I’ve had the best time and made so many great memories in both sports I’ve played. I couldn’t ask for better coaches and teammates. They have pushed me beyond what I ever thought I could do. You guys rock!!”

Other comments (people to thank): "A HUGE thanks to all of my lacrosse coaches, especially Coach Markle who dedicates so much time into the Methacton youth league, as well as the high school team. I would also like to thank all of my track coaches and the whole team at Overachieve Sports and Speed. I have become a much better athlete thanks to them.

"Last but not least, a huge thank you to my parents who have spent countless hours driving me to tournaments and practices. My mom was my first coach and is my biggest supporter in lacrosse. And thank you to my dad for coming to every game and never failing to remind me that I could have done a spin move."