Two Vestal lacrosse players that share the same last name but not the same family now have another similarity, they’ll both showcasing their skills on the field at the next level.
Caitlin and Sarah Harding, who also both oddly enough have the same middle name off Ann, both signed their letters of intent to play college lacrosse.
Sarah accepted a scholarship to THE Ohio State University.
A Section IV All-Star for three years, she was also crowned MVP her sophomore year in the Section IV Class C championship and was selected for the New York Upstate National Team.
Sarah has followed a unique path to reach her goal.
“My dad played baseball in college, my brothers play baseball so everyone thought that I was going to be a softball player. But I just hated the sport so I was like ok I want to try something different in the spring. So I tried lacrosse, I started at boys lacrosse actually and made the way to girls when I wasn’t allowed to play boys any longer,” she said.
Caitlin will be playing next year at Division II Roberts Wesleyan College.
She was a STAC Academic All-Star along with earning Scholar Athlete honors every season in high school.
Caitlin says she’s had a lot of help reaching this point.
“Definitely the coaches. My modified coach really pushed me to be the best. He saw that I could become better and he gave me a pitch back and everything, made me practice everyday. He held me to the standards that he knew that I could be,” she says.
Both Hardings were a part of multiple Sectional Championship teams along with a Regional Championship in 2017.
The duo also played together on the Golden Bears soccer team and Sarah played basketball as well.