Katie Kornacki is the second FPC girls lacrosse player ever to advance to Division I.
In the presence of family and friends, Katie Kornacki signed her National Letter of Intent on April 1 to play lacrosse for Stetson University. Kornacki will get to keep her coveted green and white, though she will have to change from a Bulldog to a Hatter.
Though there have been numerous players from FPC who have gone on to play collegiate lacrosse, only one other girls player from FPC has played Division I. That player happens to be former captain of the Lady Bulldogs (2010 season) and current head coach, Katie Kastner, who played at Jacksonville University.
During her time as a Bulldog (2008-2012), Kastner was ranked No. 15 in the country in the ESPN Top 150 for high school girls lacrosse goalies.
That's why Kastner holds Kornacki in such high regard as a player.
"(She's) an honor and a great representation of our program," Kastner said. "Being able to be a part of her journey — it's huge."
Prior to choosing Stetson, Kornacki had also expressed some interest in Merrimack College and Lasalle University as well as St. Joseph's. However, after traveling to other schools and deciding that she wanted to stay close to home, Stetson was the winner.
A four-year veteran, Kornacki has played in 39 total games and scored 130 goals during her time as a Bulldog, according to MaxPreps.com.
"I'm ready to move on to my next step in life," Kornacki said. "I've been working really hard at this, so it's very exciting to be able to move on to that next step and meet new people, make new friends and continue playing."