I never want to have a “last game,” but to be honest, I didn’t always feel this way. For as long as I can remember, I have had a lacrosse stick in my hand. Growing up, my dad coached at both the high school and collegiate level, inspiring me to play. As soon as I became old enough to play club, I was there, determined to succeed and learn more. However, I worked so hard for so long that I hit a wall during my freshman year of high school. I wasn’t sure if I even wanted to play lacrosse anymore, which led me to take a break from club lacrosse. I knew that I didn’t want to fully give up the sport, so I played for my high school’s varsity team that year. At the end of my freshman season, as I watched my senior teammates play their last games, I realized that I never wanted to have my last game. I finally figured out that playing lacrosse was where I belonged.
I had to overcome a few obstacles the past few years to get where I am, primarily dealing with injuries and my desire to play. I played most of my sophomore season with a bad case of shin splints. Although having to watch my team do sprints knowing that I couldn’t run with them was frustrating, some good did come out of it; rehabilitating my legs in physical therapy, led to my interest in sports medicine.
Playing lacrosse has been a time of important character-building for me. I am tenacious and I never stop trying, I am always willing to give 110% - especially for my team. My academic goals have always been to maintain a high GPA and to stay on the honor roll while continuing to excel in lacrosse. My work ethic has allowed me to become very successful and it minimizes my stress. I prioritize, and my homework and studying is always done before anything else, creating a strong foundation for me in the future. In college I plan to study Kinesiology and Exercise Science.