By Craig Beilfuss

SPRING LAKE—Spring Lake senior Leila Kahler will continue her lacrosse career next fall for Central Michigan University. The Laker goaltender has signed her national letter of intent.

Kahler is a 4.0 student at Spring Lake and intends to major in Mechanical Engineering at Central Michigan, a member of the Mid-American Conference.

Kahler is a captain for this year’s Laker team.

Leila is a phenomenal athlete,” Spring Lake coach Erika Kurila said. “She is a huge leader down on the defensive end and comes to practice every day with a smile on her face. She is there to get better and puts in a lot of work outside of the normal two-hour practices.”

Her junior season caught the attention of recruiters. She helped lead the team to a program best finish of 15-3 with her skills. According to Kurila, Kahler averages about a 60 percent save percentage in her Laker career.

During our game against Forest Hills Eastern this season, she had 15 saves,” Kurila said. “She has been all-conference, Under Armour All-American and a varsity starter since she entered the high school world.”

Kahler is also a talented swimmer and was on the varsity swim team at Spring Lake for 4 years. She is the current record holder for the 200 free, 500 free and 200 free relay. She was an All-America this past season and all-conference her entire high school career. She also was a two-time all-stater (junior and senior seasons).