FULTON — G. Ray Bodley High School junior Malie Follet recently made a big decision about her lacrosse future.
In October, the Fulton varsity girls lacrosse team’s goaltending standout committed to play college lacrosse at the University of Notre Dame, an NCAA Division I program competing in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
“It’s definitely easier to get the choice out of the way,” Follet said. “I knew it was the place I wanted to go.”
Follet couldn’t commit to a college until she was a junior. While competing for a club team over the summer, a slew of college recruits had their eyes on Follet’s ability to hold her own in the net.
Notre Dame goalie coach Kerry Stoothoff was impressed by Follet’s skills.
“(Notre Dame) saw me a couple of times,” Follet said. “I met their goalie coach, and they fell in love with (the way I play). They offered me an official visit and I fell in love with the school. I found that it was the perfect fit for me.”
Follet was surprised to have made such an early decision, but she also knew that she had to jump on this opportunity.
“We were told that it was supposed to be a lot slower than this,” Follet said of the decision-making process. “So many people have been committing so quickly and filling up spots, so I knew I had to get a spot sooner than I thought.”
When Follet visited the Notre Dame campus, there was a positive reaction between her, Head Coach Christina Halfpenny, and the players for the Irish.
“They’re all really nice,” Follet said. “There’s a great team atmosphere. I love it.”
Follet has two seasons ahead of her with the Lady Raiders before she dons the Notre Dame uniform.
The junior knows the transition from high school to Division I lacrosse could be difficult, but said she is ready for the test.
“I think it’ll be tough, but it’s definitely a challenge I’m looking forward to,” Follet said.
It’s a surreal feeling for Follet knowing she will soon be part of the Fighting Irish family.
“It’s awesome,” she said. “It’s unbelievable.”
Follet is looking to study medicine while attending Notre Dame.