Making a Change

FCS Graduate Camille Davenport Transfers to Alderson Broaddus University

Camille Davenport is continuing her college lacrosse career in West Virginia.

Last summer, Davenport decided to transfer knowing she needed surgery and planned to take a semester off to recover.

"I actually moved back to Lee [University in Cleveland, Tenn.], but found out the next day that I needed surgery," she said. "So I decided to come back home, and recover there. Ultimately I entered the NCAA transfer portal. A bunch of colleges reached out, and I went on a couple of visits."

The 2018 graduate of FCS decided on Alderson Broaddus University, a NCAA Division II school located in Philippi, W.Va.

"It was pretty good," Davenport said about her adjustment to the Alderson Broaddus program. "I was the only goalie. I played in goal in every practice and [every minute of] all four games."

The Lady Battlers finished 2-2 overall before the season was called off due to the outbreak of COVID-19.

"We played some really good teams," she said. "Some of them were nationally ranked."

In 2019, Davenport had the opportunity to play both goaltender and defense during her freshman lacrosse season at Lee University.

"It was a good first season," she said. "I was a goalie, but I also played a little bit at defense. Coach put me on the field because of my speed. I enjoyed that."

She helped the Lady Flames post a 4-12 record. Lee plays in NCAA Division II's Gulf South Conference.

Davenport adjusted quickly to her new school and team as she headed to West Virginia in January 2020.

"I got close to my new team really quickly," she said. "My roommate and I were both transfers. Since we were a small team, it was easy to get to know the girls. We really built each other up. We only had one sub, so we all played a lot, and grew together as a team."

At Alderson Broaddus, Davenport switched her major from nursing to a dual major. She's majoring in exercise science with concentration in OT and life sciences with a concentration in prosthetics.

She's headed back to Philippi in August to prepare for the season. "We have scrimmages in the fall," she said. "We call it fall ball."

She has some advice for the 2020 Fellowship graduates heading to college sports this fall, including former Lady Paladin teammate Suzanne Moore (who's heading to Young Harris College for lacrosse).

"Have an open mind right off the bat," she said. "Start trying to have fun with the team and get to know your teammates. They are your family, especially when you are a long way from home."

(Photo courtesy of Alderson Broaddus University)