My mom and dad have always been there for me and supported my love for lacrosse. My dad always encouraged me to challenge myself and to play the best opponents we could. He taught me to never be afraid of failure. If you are constantly afraid of failing you will never grow to your full potential. I have learned that the most rewarding success in life as well as on the lacrosse field comes from taking chances. Sometimes I jump in without carefully considering the consequences but I have learned that if I put in the research and the hard work to be ready when that opportunity comes things will always work out. I want to be the best defender I can be. Starting on varsity as a high school freshman was challenging. I knew I wasn’t the biggest or fastest kid on the field. I had to use my strengths to overcome my weaknesses. I was comfortable at close defense my sophomore year but my coach needed a LSM. I knew I wasn’t as fast as an LSM should be but I knew my knowledge of the game and my vision of the field would help greatly. I worked hard on the wall to build the best stick skills I could so when that ground ball or takeaway check came I was ready. I have always played football and had to fight hard being a small lineman. Our football team isn’t very good but I have learned to fight for every single play for all four quarters. I knew I could handle the physical and mental part but I had to play smart and mistake free. I am proud to say that in two years as a lacrosse varsity program we made it to the quarterfinals last year and this year all the way to the semifinals. We lost by one in the final minute of the game. That loss has pushed me to work harder and sharpen my skill and game knowledge even more.
I hope to get to be part of a competitive team in college and hope to play for a championship. I want to be part of a family where the team and coaches support and help each other to achieve their goals. I hope to find a school where there is a strong lacrosse culture. Someday I hope to become a coach and to help share my love of the game. I have learned it is not just about winning or losing but about the journey in between. I hope to find the right program to make it a memorable journey.