Montini Catholic congratulates senior, Johanna Locher-Kingsfield, for her commitment to join Northwestern University's lacrosse program in the fall of 2019. Johanna is looking very forward to her future as a Wildcat! (Locher formally committed on National Signing Day, earlier this school year on November 14, 2018.)
"I have always been very involved and competitive in sports since a very young age," said Johanna who started playing lacrosse while living in Virginia at age 9. She confirmed that volleyball and lacrosse are, by far, her favorite activities as a Montini athlete. "Volleyball helped me get to know more people and actually introduced me to some of my best friends that I have now," she said. " We were a competitive unit playing and winning against top ranked teams. We had fun and we were a force to be reckoned with!"
Johanna is also a force to be reckoned with when it comes to her dedication and participation as a Bronco student and athlete. In addition to being a member of the Volleyball and Lacrosse Teams throughout her four years as a Bronco, she was also a member of the Track Team.
Academically, she is a member of the Spanish Club, Spanish National Honor Society, and National Honor Society. She is also a Student Ambassador, representing the school to prospective Broncos. She has also been a member of the school's Student Government when her hectic schedule allows. Johanna has secured Academic All Conference honors during all four of her years on the Volleyball and Lacrosse Teams. She is an Illinois State Scholar and was most recently named a Montini Catholic Academic All Star and will be honored during Montini's Academic Awards Banquet on May 2nd.
Athletically, Johanna's accomplishments are just as impressive:
2016 Illinois HS Women's Lacrosse Association / Honorable Mention All State
2016 US Lacrosse Women's Illinois National Team
2017 Illinois HS Women's Lacrosse Association / All-State Team
2017 US Lacrosse Women's Illinois National Team
2017 US Lacrosse Girls' High School All American
2017 U19 German National Lacrosse Team / FIL Rathbones Championship, Guilford, England
2018 Illinois HS Women's Lacrosse Association / All-State Team
2018 US Lacrosse Girls' High School All American
2018 US Lacrosse Girls' High School Academic All American
2018 Illinois High School Association (IHSA) / Scholastic Achievement Award
2018 Illinois High School Scholastic Achievement Award
2018 Invitee for the U19 US Women's National Team (US Lacrosse)
All Academic Team Girls Catholic Athletic Conference (Volleyball) - Grades 9,10,11,12
"Throughout my whole recruiting process, I had very specific characteristics that I was looking for within potential colleges," said Johanna, who diligently went on more than 15 recruiting visits. "I wanted to use lacrosse as a tool to get me into the best academic school with the strongest Lacrosse program as possible." Prior to making her final decision, she had narrowed her offers down to Northwestern University, University of Michigan, Johns Hopkins University, Yale University, and The College of William and Mary. "Out of these options, Northwestern was the most logical decision for me. I loved the school inside and out and I am very excited to play for such legendary program and coach in the lacrosse world! Not only is the campus beautiful but it has everything that anyone could wish for in a school. It is in a great and competitive Athletic Conference (B1G Ten) along with being a top 10 academic school and Lacrosse Program in the country."
Currently undecided in her major, Johanna plans on going into the science sector. "I am very interested in biomedical and/or biochemical studies."
Parents, Raymond Kingsfield and Christina Locher, are very excited about Johanna's decision to become a Wildcat. "(My parents) would have been proud regardless of my decision. There was no way I could go wrong with the options I had coming out of my recruiting process," said Johanna, adding, "They were a bit surprised that I decided to stay in the Midwest, they are still thrilled that I would be closer to home!" Even though she made her commitment decision in the spring of her sophomore year, Johanna is just as excited today as she was then. "I do not think I could have gone wrong with any decision that I could have made, but I am glad I chose Northwestern. I am thankful for this opportunity and look forward to being a student athlete at Northwestern University."
"We are extremely proud of the hard work that Johanna has put in on the field and in the classroom," says her father. "The recruiting process started very early for Johanna, but from the beginning we emphasized that academics take priority over athletics. We ultimately left the final decision up to her, and after many campus recruiting visits across the country, we are elated that she chose to stay close to home to play for the Wildcats. We do not know of any better combination of elite academics and perennial lacrosse excellence!"
"Montini has given me an amazing support system and has challenged me academically. I have had some incredible teachers and classes in my four years. The whole staff really cares for the students body and do everything in their power can to make sure we, the students, succeed," said Johanna. "Montini is supportive and encouraging down to its core. Teammates, teachers, the student body, and administration are all involved and very encouraging. I really want to thank my parents, my teammates, my teachers, and coaches for helping me achieve my dream of playing lacrosse in college."
Johanna Locher-Kingsfield is from Wheaton and attended Edison Middle School.
Photo above: Johanna with Montini Lacrosse Coach Fran Meyer '13