CECILIA MASSEY, sophomore, Hodgson lacrosse
THE SEASON: The Silver Eagles struggled to a 2-13 record in just their second season as a varsity program, but Massey was one of the team’s most experienced players and leaders.
THE COACH SAYS: “For as young as she is, she brings a tremendous amount of leadership,” Hodgson coach Patrick Henry said. “She’s been playing the sport for a long time, and she just has a way of keeping the team moving.”
THE IMPROVEMENT: Massey could see the improvement in her inexperienced teammates from the beginning of this season to the end. “It was definitely a lot better than last year,” she said. “Even though we didn’t necessarily get the wins that we could’ve gotten, we still grew as a team together and we definitely bonded.”
THE TALKER: Massey has been playing lacrosse since the third grade, while most of her teammates are just getting their feet wet in the sport. “I’m always the one talking, trying to spread everyone out and get the plays going,” she said. “But it wouldn’t work without everyone being there together.”
THE TRANSLATOR: “It makes my job a little bit easier, to help translate what we need to do,” Henry said. “In the flow of the game, sometimes you need to yell out some orders and let the girls know what’s going on. She’s one that can get it, translate it and make sure the other girls are in the right spot.”
THE SCORE: “It does get frustrating every once in a while, but you just have to push through it no matter what the score is,” Massey said. “…You have to lose gracefully in order for the wins to matter. If you didn’t know how to lose, the wins wouldn’t mean as much.”
THE SUMMER: Massey, who also plays field hockey at Hodgson, is looking forward to playing with more experienced players with the Victory Lacrosse Club travel team this summer.
THE CLASSROOM: Massey is studying cosmetology at Hodgson. “I want to be a makeup artist or hair stylist as I get older,” she said.
THE FUTURE: Massey plans to continue to play sports in college and study business, but has yet to decide on a destination.
– Brad Myers