Dallas Standout Yanovich Commits To La Salle

September 25, 2018
Dallas Standout Yanovich Commits To La Salle

Hannah Yanovich has scored big goals in big games.

But, nothing quite matched the pregame stress of last Wednesday, when La Salle field hockey coach Kelly Broadway visited to watch Yanovich and the Dallas Mountaineers play Holy Redeemer.

“I was kind of nervous. I was freaking out,” Yanovich recalled. “Then I scored one and then I assisted two others. I was relieved. I really hoped Kelly liked me.”

Apparently she did.

The next few days resulted in Yanovich visiting La Salle and then verbally committing to play for the NCAA Division I program.

“That was my first visit at La Salle and I loved it,” Yanovich said. “I feel so relieved. I’m so happy that now I can just sit back and be like — one more step that’s out of the way. I can just take a breath.”

The Dallas senior has loved playing forward ever since she first picked up a field hockey stick in second or third grade.

Yanovich is a four-year starter at Dallas, including back-to-back Citizens’ Voice all-star seasons as a sophomore and junior. She scored 16 goals in 2016 and 18 in 2017, leading Dallas each year.

The recruiting process was difficult at times, as Yanovich searched for schools that checked multiple boxes — including offering nursing as a major.

Yanovich said she considered Davidson, Lehigh, Providence, Lafayette and Bloomsburg before landing on La Salle.

Yanovich said La Salle initially piqued her interest because Nina Magnotta — older sister of Wyoming Seminary goalkeeper and friend Mia Magnotta — plays for the Explorers.

Located in Philadelphia and a member of the A-10, La Salle is currently 4-5.

The Explorers, who are averaging two goals per game, could certainly use a scorer the caliber of Yanovich, who has 18 points (seven goals, four assists) in four league games this season for Dallas.

Along with Lauren Delamater, Alexis Lanza, Adison McClain, Sydney Strickland, Grace Young and Emily Farrell (Penn State) commit, Yanovich and her fellow seniors have high hopes of what’s in store the rest of this season.

“It’s so great,” Yanovich said. “We have seven seniors this year and we are all so close. We’re really like a family.”

Yanovich said she’d like to thank her club coaches and high school coaches, as well her parents, Linda and Steve Yanovich, for helping her reach this point in her career.

Contact the writer: mbufano@citizensvoice.com; 570-821-2060; @CVBufano on Twitter



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