Emerson Pekarcik, a junior at Nantucket High School, has become a central piece of the NHS girls varsity lacrosse program these past two years. Her play has earned her attention from schools at the next level and on Sunday, she announced on her Instagram that she has verbally committed to High Point University's Div. I lacrosse program.
Pekarcik's athletic ability and potential at the varsity level was obvious from the beginning. She entered high school as a three-sport athlete; running cross-country in the fall; playing hockey in the winter; and then lacrosse in the spring. She had a productive freshman season on the varsity lacrosse team, scoring 25 goals and adding 10 assists for 35 points in just 12 games.
But last season, her sophomore year, Pekarcik took her play up not just one level, but several. She finished the season with 65 goals in 21 games. She also had 12 assists to give her 77 points in her sophomore season. She has 112 points (90 goals and 22 assists) in 33 career varsity games.
Pekarcik joins fellow junior midfielder Bailey Lower as the second current player from this program to verbally commit to a Div. 1 program. They headline a loaded class that led last year's team to the final four of the MIAA Div. 4 state tournament as sophomores.
Hannah Evens, a defenseman formerly of the NHS Class of 2024, committed to Marquette in the fall, but has taken her talents off island to Brooks, a prep school in North Andover.