I would say my lacrosse skills and attitude on the field are different than other athletes. You can put me anywhere on the field and I will perform. My main position is midfield, which I enjoy because I can play every position in one. From taking the draw, competing on the circle, playing defence, and being attack. I would consider myself to be a very diverse player and easy to play with. I am very competitive in the aspect of keeping the ball and scoring but can also transform that competitiveness into positive energy that supports the team. Growing up with my Dad and Brother taught me to be very competitive and try my absolute hardest all the time, to always give one hundred and ten percent. When I was in the fifth grade, my brother was in seventh and was really into lacrosse. He would constantly bug me to throw with him and play so I decided to give it a try. I instantly fell in love with the fast paced game and skill that was necessary to be successful on the field. While playing lacrosse I have learned to constantly give my all and never give up. It has made me more competitive in many aspects outside of lacrosse and an overall better leader on and off the field. It has taught me to always encourage others, to stay positive no what the outcome of a situation is, and it has taught me to be easy to work with, nobody wants to play with a negative and disrespectful teammate.
I grew up on a 50 acre property so we had a lot of land to play on. Every day after school and before practice my brother and I played together, we would run through the woods and even the river going up and down the mountain throwing and shooting the ball at random objects as if we were playing back when lacrosse was first created. My Dad would get fully dressed up in hockey pads and goalie equipment and let me shoot at him for hours. My brother and I would make up plays while running down the field then shoot at my Dad. Having this extra practice and playing with two highly competitive men helped form me into the athlete and player I am today.
I started out playing for Aspens' club lacrosse program. Once I reached high school, I switched to playing for Roaring Fork High School as they were in my school district and I knew that once they had a varsity program, I would need to play for them due to CHASA rules. My first 2 years playing we were JV only, by my junior year, we had earned being a Varsity team. My first year of High School lacrosse I was leading scorer but had a 28% shot percentage, I was very disappointed in myself because while I had the most goals, I had more shots than I had goals which in my eyes was terrible. Many other girls were in the same situation when they had more shots than they had goals, but I differentiate from them because I set a goal and worked hard to achieve it- finishing my sophomore year season with a 98% shot percentage and once again was leading scorer. At this point in my junior year season, I have 26 goals in 5 games played, we have a 5-1 record against very experienced teams, and are ranked fourteenth in state.
If I am not pleased with the outcome of something, I will always persevere, work harder, and practice more until I get an outcome I am satisfied with. I also apply this attitude in school, if I receive a grade in a course or on a test I am unpleased with, I will study harder and practice more until I get the result I want. I will recognize the areas I made mistakes in and where I need to improve to always get a better outcome. My junior year of High School my best friend passed away of cancer, while it was very hard I took many of her personality qualities into making myself a better person and athlete. During every game I think of her and continue to remind myself to always persevere, be strong, and stay positive. Overall as an athlete and a person, I would say I am someone you would want to play for your team.