Park City senior lacrosse player signs with Vanderbilt
Shaye Henderson was born in Boston, and she moved with her parents to Park City at the age of 3. She is a four-year PCHS student, and has played lacrosse since she was in the fourth grade.
Just over a year ago, Henderson committed to playing for the Vanderbilt University Commodores in Nashville, Tennessee.
“It actually wasn’t on my list until the end of my recruiting process,” she said. “I went there and visited it, and I loved the city of Nashville, I thought the campus was beautiful. The size is perfect for me at 6,000 people, and the vibe of the team is perfect.”
Henderson has never lived in the South before, which she said was another draw.
“It’s going to be a big change from here,” she said. “I kind of want to experience something new.”
She said she is a little nervous about joining a prestigious D1 team.
“Mostly just about managing my time, but the girls are really welcoming and the coaches are amazing, so I know I will be put in the right place,” she said.
She normally plays midfield for the Miners, with whom she has been a four-year starter, but she isn’t sure where she will play with the Commodores, who finished last season 8-9, and will start the new season under the third coach in team history. Unlike the rest of the school’s programs, Vanderbilt’s women’s lacrosse team plays in the American Athletic Conference rather than the Southeastern Conference.
Henderson is considering entering into the Human and Organizational Development program, which she describes as a business psychology program.
“But I’m not sure,” she said. “I will go in undeclared.”
She said she isn’t very concerned about living 1,600 miles away from Park City and has plenty of experience being away from home when traveling to competitions for lacrosse and ski racing.
“She’s worked hard and we’re very proud,” her father, Blake said. “(Vanderbilt) was new to us through lacrosse, we’ve heard about it; always knew it was a great school, so we feel very fortunate that she’s able to go there.”
Blake said he wasn’t nervous about Shaye going to school so far away, especially since her brother, Macintyre Henderson, currently attends Babson College, where he competes in ski racing, after graduating from the Winter Sports School two years ago.
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