Although my junior year of lacrosse has been the most fun and exciting year of lacrosse for both me and my highschool's lacrosse team. I don't think that is what has grown me as a lacrosse player the most. My junior year of lacrosse I made the varsity team where we ended up going all the way to the semifinals in our section, falling just short of the year before where we made it to the section final.
However, I think my sophomore year was the most instrumental as far as growing me not only as a lacrosse player but also as a leader out on the field and a person in general. My sophomore year I picked up a stick about 3 months before the season and started going to captains practice and other activities my local team put on. Being the oldest guy on the prep team and having had experience leading through other sports and Civil Air Patrol I knew I had to step up and get everyone focused on a common goal. That started with leading by example and setting the tone for everyone else by showing them how hard I worked.
My sophomore year of lacrosse was by far what grew me the most because it taught me how to take charge out on the field, be the hardest working person out there, and most of all not be content with where I was as a lacrosse player. Because I learned these things in my Sophomore year I think I was able to transfer those over when I made varsity my second year of lacrosse.