Maddy Krause donned her finest University of Colorado garb and parked herself in front of a television last week to cheer for her new school in the NCAA basketball tournament.
Krause, a junior at Regis High School, is the first defensive player to commit to play for the fledgling CU women's lacrosse team and the third player overall.
She is related to the second player to commit. Mullen midfielder Ella Stapp is her cousin. And one of Krause's best friends is Cherry Creek midfielder Tori Link, who was the first player to commit last month.
Together they comprise "the first three" for the Buffs' newest intercollegiate sports team.
"I have not learned the fight song, but my best friend's dad has been trying to teach me the fight song and all the different customs of CU," Krause said. "I'm just trying to take it all in."
Krause was recruited by Stapp and Link, as well as CU athletic director Mike Bohn and senior women's administrator Ceal Barry, who have received advice about which in-state recruits to target from various high school and club coaches in the area.
Krause said she has been offered a four-year scholarship, just like her two new teammates. CU officials have offered the multi-year scholarships only to the three lacrosse players as an enticement to them to be the foundation of the program.
"Being able to play with my cousin, Ella, and my really, really good friend, Tori, who I have played with forever, I think that was the biggest thing for me is being able to play at a great school with some of my greatest friends and stay in a state that I love," Krause said.
Krause said prior to CU announcing it was starting a program on Feb. 1, she was considering Vermont, Louisville, Richmond, Fresno State and St. Mary's.
She said she was thrilled to find out CU had interest in her because it provided an opportunity for her and her cousin to play together.
To that point, they hadn't been able to agree on a school they both liked.
"We've always dreamed about going to college together," she said. "We didn't really have the same interest in schools until we heard about CU from our coach. We kind of knew then that it was our time to come together and we'd get to play together for the next four years. I'm really excited for us and our family."
Krause said he wants to study biology in Boulder and when she graduates she intends to join the Peace Corps.
CU officials continue to search for a women's lacrosse coach and plan to introduce that person to fans at the April 14 spring football game at Folsom Field.
Krause said she hasn't heard anything about who that person might be, but she believes the school will hire the best person it can find.
Krause is listed as an attacker on the Regis roster, where she was a first-team, all-league selection as a sophomore last year.
She plays defense for her club team and believes seeing the game from both sides of the field gives her some advantages.
"I'm really working on strengthening my skills as a defender and really understanding every aspect of the game," Krause said. "Now that the recruiting process is over it's still really important to work hard at everything I do, understanding what my coaches are saying and understanding the game a lot more. I'm going to work hard over these next two years to make sure that when I enter college I'm prepared for every game that we play."