Two student athletes at Kennett High have signed letters of intent to play lacrosse for Division I schools.
Krissy Gallivan will play Women’s Lacrosse for Temple University. She started playing boys lacrosse in third grade in Massachusetts and switched to playing with girls in fifth grade when she moved to Pennsylvania. She played on an URA team and moved onto club play with PA Express and Green Turtle Bel Air in Maryland for five years.
Since her freshman year at Kennett High School, Krissy has been a varsity starter for the girls lacrosse team. She was named to the Under Armour All America Philly team, Academic All-American and Ches- Mont All Area Honorable mention for lacrosse, National Team Philadelphia for lacrosse, Ches-Mont All-County Third team, and Daily Local All-Area Honorable Mention for field hockey. Krissy was the Kennett’s field hockey captain her junior and senior years and girls basketball captain her junior year.
Her mother, Glynis Gallivan, looked on while Krissy was making her commitment official to Temple. “It’s a perfect choice for me because of its location, lacrosse team and coaches, and educational opportunities. I could not be more excited and proud to become a Temple Owl.”
Krissy will study international law and Spanish so that she may pursue a career that would allow her to travel, meet people and learn other countries’ business strategies. She would like to use that knowledge and a law degree to enter politics.
Off the field, she works hard, too. She is on the distinguished honor roll and received the Women in Engineering High Honor. Krissy participates in the National Honor Society, youth group, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Future Business Leaders of America, and as a youth basketball coach and camp counselor.
Reflecting on her time playing lacrosse for Kennett High School, Krissy said strong bonds with the players and coaches make every game special. “We are playing for each other and there is nothing better than sharing a win with your best friends.”
Krissy’s lacrosse teammate, Toni Massetti, signed with La Salle University to play lacrosse, after playing the sport for Kennett’s middle school and high school five years. Toni is eight goals away from reaching the 100-goal mark. She has played on Kennett’s varsity team for three years.
Her efforts led to her being chosen as Ches-Mont’s Athlete of the Week in March for scoring five goals during the game against Pennsbury. She was also named to Ches-Mont’s Third Team her junior year and Academic All-American.
Toni plays other sports, too. She broke a Kennett High School volleyball record by making 767 digs in her junior and senior seasons. Toni was named to Ches-Mont’s Second Team her junior year and First Team during her senior year. She also played basketball three years for the Demons and teaches girls, 6-12, how to play the game.
Toni applies herself to sports and academics. She is on the Distinguished Honor Roll and placed in the top five percent of her class and was named to the National Honor Society.
Looking ahead, Toni is happy to know which college she will attend. “I am excited to participate in such a competitive program and league.” While signing the letter of intent she thought, “It’s funny my mom and dad have to sign the letter to make it official.” Anthony and Dawn Massetti did sign Toni’s letter.
At La Salle, Toni plans to study mathematics. She plans to pursue a career with numbers and practical problems, such as an actuary.
She will carry with her through the spring season, college and life something that Girls Lacrosse Coach Dale Watkins taught her. “The most valuable lesson I learned while playing at Kennett was learning how to grow as a team, not as individuals.”
Athletic Director Jeff Thomas, Coach Watkins and Principal Michael Barber were present for the signings.