Kayla Nickson

2023 | NC: Garner
894 |
Recruit Profile
Tenacious, a team player, coachable, loud on the field, aggressive, high lax IQ, well rounded and dedicated.

I started playing lacrosse at the age of 6 in a Pennsylvania recreation program after my older brother introduced me to the sport. I currently play defense for Cardinal Gibbons HS and Team 91 Carolina Blue 2023 Travel team. I was selected to play in the 2021 Under Armour Tournament representing the South Highlight Team, where I received the honor of being named to the All-Tournament Team and 2023 Players to Watch List.

When people ask why defense and not be a scorer on offense. I tell them, "I've played the mid field position and defense is where my heart is". My love to shut down the attack and help protect my goalie is key.

I have field awareness, quickness and aggressiveness to slide and protect the crease. I also play the elbow of the 8. My foot skills and being able to guide the attacker out of the 8 is an area of lacrosse I have been working on and quickly excelling at. My quickness and aggressiveness to close off a cutter and force out of the 8 is another skill of mine.

I am looking at programs that would fit my desire to be part of a strong lacrosse program at a leading academic university. I am extremely coachable and always looking at ways to improve my game. I am leader on the field and in the classroom. I am taking all honors courses and my career interests are education and physician assistant. I am a very spirtual person and have a passion for animals and the arts.

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Honors & Awards:
Under Amour Team Girls South 2023 (Highlight), Named All American Tournament Team Under Amour.
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Relevant Lacrosse Accolades:
"We have had you since early middle school. You have always given 110%. You never seem to be out of position, you understand defensive concepts, your 1v1 defense is really good, you are very fast when you are transitioning the ball from defense to offense". (Tom Street Team 91)

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Coach Contacts
High School:
Cardinal Gibbons
Patrcia Alexander
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Team 91 Lacrosse Girls
Mark Phillips
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Team 91 Carolina Girls 2023 Blue
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Under Armour All American
Brooke Magnuson
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Team South Highlight 2023
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GPA (unweighted):
93-96; 4.0; A

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Patricia Alexander

Nov 18, 2021

Kayla is a very strong defender who is able to lock down her attacker in a 1v1 seamlessly. She is smart with her decisions on the defensive end as well as in transition. She is a player that continues to get smarter and stronger making her a real threat. She plays with passion and fight making her someone you want on your team to motivate you as well as inspire you!

Mark Phillips

Sep 20, 2021

Kayla is a furious defensive player who is often tasked with defending our opponents top attackers. Kayla's aggressiveness wins her a ton of ground balls and once she gets the ball her explosive speed gets the ball moving up-field in a hurry! Kayla communicates and works well with her defensive unit making everyone around her play better because of her field support and verbal encouragement. Kayla's spirit and fight are unmatched, she is a pleasure to have on my team.

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