|Woodgrove High School midfielder Courtney Olivier races the ball upfield in between two Loudoun Valley players during the 2014 VHSL Group 5A state championship game. Olivier has verbally committed to play collegiately at Cincinnati.—Times-Mirror File Photo/Chuck Moore|
The month of June proved to be a memorable one for Courtney Olivier. A week after helping Woodgrove High School's girls' lacrosse team win a Virginia High School League state championship, Olivier verbally committed to play lacrosse at the University of Cincinnati.
Olivier began playing lacrosse four years ago after previously competing in local equestrian events. The Purcellville teen has since blossomed into a NCAA Division I level player.
"I lived in a neighborhood full of guys who played lacrosse and I thought it was the coolest thing ever," Olivier explained. "They taught me and that's how I got started."
Olivier, a midfielder, first caught the eye of Cincinnati assistant coach Lauren Gunning during a 2013 college showcase tournament. Impressed with her aggressiveness, determination and competitive nature, the Bearcats coaching staff kept tabs on Olivier through her club team, the Baltimore-based Sky Walkers.
That eventually led to Olivier taking an official visit to the Ohio school.
"I absolutely loved it," Olivier said. "The campus is beautiful, the coaches are great. As soon as I stepped foot on campus, I knew it was the place I wanted to go."
Olivier, a rising junior who maintains a 3.8 GPA, is also fond of Cincinnati's vast selection of possible areas of study.
Prior to committing, Olivier was a part of history as Woodgrove became the first Loudoun public school to claim a state championship in lacrosse.
Olivier earned first-team All-Dulles Group and second-team All-North Zone accolades as a sophomore.
As for her focus over the next two years prior to Cincinnati, Olivier said "To improve and learn as much as possible. I want to come in shape and ready."