YATESVILLE — Pittston Area’s Maddy Mimnaugh and Haley Norwillo recently signed National Letters of Intent to continue their athletic careers at post-secondary schools.
Mimnaugh, the daughter of Lisa and Dan Mimnaugh, will take her soccer and track talents to Bloomsburg University. Norwillo, the daughter of Holly and John Norwillo, will continue her lacrosse career at Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia.
Mimnaugh will join former teammate and Pittston Area all-time leading scorer Allie Barber on the Huskies women’s soccer team next fall. Barber was just named third team All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference. The Huskies finished this past season 11-7-1 and qualified for the PSAC tournament for the first time since 2011.
“I chose Bloomsburg because I am able to do both sports there,” Mimnaugh said. “That was the only school that would allow me to do that. My initial plan was to go Division 1 track, but this fits me perfect.”
Barber led the Huskies in goals, assists and points as a freshman. Mimnaugh will be leaving a team that won the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association District 2 title in 2014.
“I love playing with Allie,” Mimnaugh said. “She’s a great player and a great teammate. I’m very excited for that.”
Track will also be a part of Mimnaugh’s college career. The Pittston Area senior was part of the PIAA District 2 championship team, including running the first leg of a gold medal in the 3,200 relay event. At the Jordan Relays this year, Mimnaugh was part of the team that set a school record in the 1,600.
Mimnaugh plans on going to Bloomsburg undecided. She’s leaning toward studying secondary education.
Norwillo never had the luxury of growing up in the sport of lacrosse. Since third grade, she has been a field hockey player. Just two weeks before her freshman year, she picked up a lacrosse stick. She hasn’t looked back.
Norwillo was one of the leading goal scorers in the Wyoming Valley Conference the past two seasons. She eclipsed the 100-goal mark in her junior year.
“It feels good to get this day out of the way,” she said. “I’m done and I know where I’m going. It feels great.”
Things will be a little tougher in her final season of lacrosse. She will be with her third different coach in four year, and she’s also battling a serious knee injury. Through it all, however, she hopes to get on the field in her final season with the Patriots.
“I’m going to do everything in my power to get on the lacrosse field this spring,” she said.
College lacrosse added a 90-second shot clock this season. Norwillo knows she’ll have to make a serious adjustment to playing off the ball when she arrives at Chestnut Hill.
“I’m used to scoring five or six goals in a game,” she said. “That’s going to be an adjustment. Everything is going to be quicker. I’m going to have to learn how to play like that.”
Norwillo will be studying psychology and criminal justice with the hopes of being a forensic psychologist down the road.
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