CORNING - Elora Ferrie announced her commitment to play Division II women’s lacrosse at Grand Valley State University in Michigan Wednesday in front of her family and friends.


“Definitely a surreal moment,” said Ferrie of signing. “I’m just so excited that it’s put out there for the community and I’m super excited for what I’m doing in the future.”


Ferrie is a three-sport athlete at Corning-Painted Post High School, participating in swimming, indoor track and lacrosse. Ferrie captured a National Championship with the outdoor track team in the sprint medley relay in 2019 while also holding team records in the 4x400 meter relay and the 4x400 meter relay.


Ferrie hasn’t played lacrosse for the Hawks since her freshman year, but plays club lacrosse for Common Goal Lacrosse out of Rochester.


“That’s really where I got my exposure recruiting wise for lacrosse,” said Ferrie. “I just fell in love with track, so I did that my sophomore and junior year, but I’m looking forward to lacrosse in the spring season and hopefully helping them win a sectional title.”


Grand Valley State was the perfect fit for Ferrie for the environmental programs and also an opportunitiy to play the sport she hoped to be playing at the collegiate level when she was younger.


“When I was little, my dream was to always play college lacrosse,” said Ferrie. “As I discovered track sophomore year, I kind of went down both paths talking to college coaches for track and lacrosse. I just found Grand Valley was the perfect fit for me and it didn’t matter if I was playing lacrosse or running track.”


Ferrie had offers from Carnegie Melon and Rose Holman to run track, but ultimately decided to continue her career at Grand Valley for lacrosse.


"As a multi-sport athlete, Elora brings top speed and athleticism to our defensive unit,“ Mackenzie Lawler, the Head Women’s Lacrosse Coach at Grand Valley State University said in a press release. ”She has experience with one of the best club programs in upstate New York and we are looking forward to bringing in a player with such a high lacrosse IQ.“