West Seneca's Schreiber awaits the challenge
Schreiber will continue her lacrosse career and education at Niagara University next season, continuing the Indians' program's tradition of sending its players to the next level.
"I'm really excited about it," she said. "It's going to be a lot different than this (high school game), but I'm pumped. I have a lot of working out to do in the offseason, but I'm really excited."
She made the decision at a signing ceremony on April 3 at the high school along with current teammate Anna Purdy, who signed with Edinboro (Pa.). They are the latest in a line of athletes from West Seneca West to play collegiate lacrosse.
Schreiber follows in the footsteps of former Indians' standout Taryn Burkholder, who is currently a senior captain and third-year starter for the Purple Eagles.
"Jackie's that kind of caliber player," WSW coach Mark Komosinski said. "If Jackie sticks with it, and she stays the course, I think she can be following in those shoes."
First things first for Schreiber and the Indians, however. This is her final chance at glory at West Seneca West and Schreiber isn't afraid to set the bar high. With 11 seniors on the roster, the expectations are high for the Indians.
"I really think we can go to states this year," Schreiber said. "We have key players back, we move the ball around well, we work hard in practice, I really think things should turn out well for us this year."
Schreiber is in her third year in the starting lineup and her high school accomplishments certainly show she's capable of excelling in college. She is a two-time Class B first-team all-star selection and she ranked second on the team last season with 34 goals and added nine assists; she scored 16 goals with five assists as a sophomore.
This season could be the best one yet for Schreiber. She started the year with a bang, picking up three goals and an assist in a season-opening win over Gates-Chili. She also serves as a tri-captain along with Purdy and senior defender Haley Monolopolous.
“It was a good win; everyone played well,” she said. “We moved the ball around, well. It was a good start to the season.”