As a member of three sports teams for school as well as two outside teams, I have the opportunity to play with many different people and to be coached by multiple coaches. This has allowed me to develop many personal relationships whether they are through lacrosse, field hockey or ice hockey. This has helped me understand other players strengths and weaknesses as well as helping me become a leader on teams by showing others how to capitalize on those strengths. As well as exposing me to different types of coaching and practices, playing with many different people with different sets of skills and personalities has taught me different ways to lead. For example, in the spring of 2019, my travel hockey team won the National title for u14. By being the best team in the country, we did not receive equal playing time, and I was often short-shifted. Instead of being upset as some others were, I saw this as an opportunity to encourage my teammates and be a positive leader on the bench. I was fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to play at the varsity level for all three of my sports as a freshman and a sophomore. I was mentored by some great leaders in these sports most of which are playing at the highest level in D1, D3 and D2 schools.
In my freshman year, I started on varsity and through the season I worked towards being comfortable as a leader even though I was one of the youngest on the team. I have a competitive spirit and I bring that to all of our practices. I make all players feel comfortable no matter their skill level because being a part of a team means that we have to lift everyone up. I have so much respect for my coaches as they help me become a better player every practice and I take everything that they say into consideration and work towards incorporating their advice into my play. I try to be as coachable as possible because it shows coaches that you care about the game. I am friends with all of my teammates which makes for easy conversations about the game and things that we can work on as a team. None of them find me intimidating which makes me a good teammate because they feel comfortable to make mistakes and learn through them. Playing hockey gives me an upper hand in lacrosse because hockey is in a smaller space and it moves a lot faster than most sports, forcing me to make quick decisions and always keeping my head up. These skills transfer to lacrosse and allow me to have good vision of the field as it is in a much larger space.