It’s the refrain heard all the time on Delmarva.
“I probably picked up a stick when I was 4 years old,” Worcester Prep’s Molly Soulé said. “My sister, when Beach Lacrosse started, my sister started playing so I actually played with them before I was even supposed to be playing.”
Like many others, Soulé’s long dedication has paid off as she was named to U.S. Lacrosse First-Team All-American squad in the Mid-Atlantic Delmarva region.
Soulé helped guide the Mallards to another Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference Championship and another marquee win over rival Cape Henlopen.
The senior midfielder did not lead the Mallards in any one category, but head coach Leigh Anne Flounlacker said it’s why Soulé played so brilliant this season.
“Absolutely, she’s not the leading stat holder for any of these categories, but the her numbers for all the categories across show how she works really well with the team,” Flounlacker said.
Soulé netted 29 goals and dished out 21 assists for the Mallards, while picking up 13 groundballs and 36 draw controls.
She also stepped up in big games, scoring three against Cape and assisting on two goals.
Flounlacker said Soulé was a leader too, always showing the hustle at practice to lead by example, but also giving words of encouragement when needed.
She wasn’t overbearing, Flounlacker said, but when she talked people listened. That will be missed by the Mallards.
In addition to her All-American honor, Soulé, Sophie Brennan, Maura Smith and Shelby Laws were named U.S. Lacrosse Academic All-Americans.
“It was a really big accomplishment for me,” Soulé said. “Any of the girls that we played with could have deserved this award, and it just kind of felt that it was an awesome award to have ending my senior year.”
Soulé will attend Savannah College of Art and Design, in Savannah, Georgia, which plays in the NAIA. Soulé will play lacrosse and that was a really important decision when choosing a college.
“It was pretty important for me,” Soulé said. “I definitely was looking to play lacrosse in college because I love having that team aspect, and girls that I know I can go to. I was looking for the right fit, school-wise and the lacrosse piece just really added onto it.”
Studying art at Prep, Soulé is looking to combine graphic design in a computer sense, transferring it into the business world.
Her favorite is Photoshop, and she hopes to learn more once classes start in the fall.
With an art-focused college and the opportunity to continue her lacrosse career, Soulé said it was the right fit.
“When we went down to Savannah, it was kind of a home away from home,” she said. “They have a beach there, it’s an awesome city and it’s an art school but I’m also getting to play lacrosse. It was a great mix.”
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