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Rising Stars

The journey begins for the girl’s lacrosse team.
Madison Snyder

     Before the season’s first whistle had even sounded, the Greater Latrobe girls’ lacrosse team is already stirring up the school spirit. They aren’t just playing for points; they are playing for pride, for each other, and for every moment that would define their high school journey. As winter is thawing into spring, the athletes lace up their cleats, gripping their sticks with a mix of nerves and excitement. The field is more than just turf; it is where friendships are strengthened and where every practice promises a shot at greatness. This is more than a game; it is the beginning of a journey and a chance to grow and triumph together on the lacrosse field.

     Under the guidance of Coach Catherine Votovich the players have been working on their skills, sharpening their stickwork, and perfecting defensive strategies, every aspect of their game has been addressed in preparation for the challenges ahead. The team’s goals for the season extend beyond more victories on the scoreboard. While winning games is undoubtedly important, Coach Catherine Votovich emphasizes the importance of character development and personal growth. Through the crucible of competition, these young athletes learn valuable lessons about teamwork, resilience, and sportsmanship that will serve them well beyond the confines of the lacrosse field.

     One of the most exciting aspects of this year’s team is its blend of experienced veterans and promising newcomers. Seniors such as Bridget Mchugh bring invaluable leadership and experience to the roster, while freshmen help to inject a fresh energy and talent that bodes well for the team’s future.

     Off the field, the team has also been busy engaging with the community and building support for their endeavors. Whether it’s volunteering at local events or hosting fundraisers to support their program, these girls are making a positive impact both on and off the field.

     As the season opener draws near, excitement reaches a fever pitch among players, coaches, and fans alike. The anticipation of stepping onto the field, representing their school, and competing against rival teams is a feeling like no other. With months of preparation behind them, the girls of the Greater Latrobe lacrosse team are ready to showcase their skills, determination, and passion for the game.

     So, mark your calendars and come out to support these talented young athletes as they embark on their journey towards success. Let the countdown to an unforgettable season begin, watch their first home game at Rossi Field on March 15 starting at 7:30 pm. 


How has the team been preparing during the off-season, and do you think your team is ready for the upcoming season/games? 

“The team has been preparing during the off-season. We spent time getting to know each other’s strengths on the field and  bonding as a team. We have had two tournaments, lifting a couple times a week throughout January and February, and games once a week at Pittsburgh Indoor Sports Arena. Also, some of us got together on the warmer days and practiced our skills that were not as strong. Overall, I think we’ve had a successful preseason. We are ready for the season because we have had a lot of time playing together and working to be the best we can be as a team. We have some work to do throughout the season too but I do not doubt with help from our coaches and some more team effort we can achieve our goals.” – Abigail  Carroll

During this season will there be any new strategies or plays that the team will be implementing? 

“Our strategy on the field is all about trusting each other this season. Every position is vital on the field and we plan to make sure they are played with full potential. We know the skills of our teammates this year are very talented and the girls are fully capable of making great plays. On the field we all need to keep our heads up and be aware of possible lanes that are made to make our shots on goal.” – Asia Mills

How do you feel about the team’s chemistry so far into the season, and what do you think could be done to improve it? 

“The team chemistry is already incredible. Everybody is so encouraging to one another and it’s already been so much fun playing with all of the girls. We plan to do lots of team bonding this season outside of practice so we can keep building the team’s chemistry. We want to be a team on the field and off the field.” – Megan Lynch

Do you have any advice for new players joining the team this year?

 “The advice that I have for girls coming into lacrosse is to just come in wanting to play, it’s really all about passion. Everyone has a strength and a weakness, if you think that you’re not good at something or that you are making too many mistkges you have to remember it’s all about growing. When coming into a sport you’re gonna mess up and that is honestly the best thing you can do because you can learn from it.You just have to keep working because you want to play it, and you’re having fun. Then you’re gonna do great and have so much fun because the girls on the team make a family.” – Bridget Mchugh

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Madison Snyder
Madison Snyder, Staff Writer
Madison Snyder is a sophomore student attending Greater Latrobe Senior High School, set to graduate in 2026. Outside of school, she love to hang out with her friends and have a great time. She recently joined the high post and hopes to become a valuable member in the years to come. She joined so that she could get closer to other people that she may have not have met before, and too further develop prior friendships. She has been a dedicated leader of the lighthouse leadership team for a little over a year now and enjoys that she has been able to develop positive relationships with teachers and staff. She hopes that she will continue to meet more people, make more connections , and continue to be extremely involved in her next three years of high school at Greater Latrobe Senior High School.   Other than being involved with the lighthouse team and high post she is also a dedicated member of the Key Club, and she is on the Envirothon team, she will be running for a representative position in student council in the years to come. She also does other things outside of school including volunteering, tutoring, babysitting, and she also work at an ice cream shop called Twist and Shake. She very much enjoys cooking, baking, painting, using cameras for photos, being with family, drawing, taking walks, hanging out with her friends, painting pottery, and listening to music. She also loves traveling and going to new places.  She especially love cruises. She have been on Oasis of the Seas, Allure of the Seas, and Wonder of the Seas. Because of these cruises, she has been to Labadee Haiti, San Juan, Puerto Rico, Roatan Honduras, Costa Maya, Cozumel Mexico CocoCay, and the Bahamas. She hopes to continue traveling and going to new places. In conclusion, she want to be a computer engineer in the future and she hopes to influence young children to become more active in school and outside of school.

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