Lacrosse for me began when I was four years old. I started playing in New Jersey and instantly loved the game. I was fortunate to be homeschooled and could practice on my own during the day in between school work. I played highly competitive teams in NJ and got a good base of lacrosse there.
I moved to Weston, Massachusetts, in 8th grade. At Weston High School I was a starting freshman on the Varsity Lacrosse and Hockey Team. I was the second top scorer on my Varsity Lacrosse Team. During my Sophomore year, I was the top scorer and points earner. For the 2018-2019 lacrosse season, I scored 55 goals and had 19 assists. I have broken numerous school scoring records at Weston High School.
In 2019, I re-classed and started attending Lawrence Academy in Groton, MA., and would have played in the Independent School League (ISL) if it wasn't canceled due to COVID-
I additionally play lacrosse for the Penguins Select Lacrosse Team (2022) Natick, MA. Penguins Select Lacrosse is highly competitive and I have continually been the top scorer in the Penguins Selects Lacrosse Teams since joining the team in 2016.
I have acquired through playing lacrosse that no one will push you as much as you can push yourself. Even when you feel like you can't push yourself anymore, you have to go to that place that is the most difficult, that's the point when I push myself even more. I've learned the last push is where I get to a place where I improve the most. I utilize this knowledge toward sports, academics, jobs, and all aspects of my life. I have this quote on my bedroom wall.
"You will never know your limits unless you push yourself to them."
The obstacles I have had to overcome are being homeschooled through 7th grade in NJ, moving to Weston, Massachusetts, and starting public school for the first time in 8th grade. Although my curriculum at home was competitive, public school was challenging. I had to navigate a new state, new town, new school, new students, new teammates, and new academic classes. It took considerable flexibility, and I worked to drive through all of these. I currently have a 3.8 GPA, many friends, and exceptional teammates. This year I challenged myself considerably further and re-classed, and I am attending Lawrence Academy, Groton, MA. I wanted to play and be a component in a more competitive league by playing in the ISL (Independent School League).
My unique qualities are being self-disciplined, self-motivated, and self-confident. I can stay focused and composed even in the toughest of situations.
I have had astounding coaches over the years, many who have played professional sports in the NHL and PLL. All of them have prepared me for the skills needed along the way.
My goal in life always to do my best and never give up. My dream is to continue to work vigorously and play an exceptional game of lacrosse in college.
Ian G. Curley