By Ceci Patten, senior & Lacrosse team member
LEARNING TRANSFORMS US.
As a growing lacrosse program, Beaverton Girls’ Lacrosse has had to build the foundation before it could build the walls. In spring of 2014, Beaverton High school’s long-time lacrosse coach, Lacey Beaty, retired from being head coach after 6 years. Along with her, Caitlyn Henderson, the all-American honorable mention goalie, graduated as well as a key player and four-year First-Team All-Metro center, Lauren Jonnie. As the program seemed to be falling apart with most of the board retiring and players graduating, we needed to find an all new coaching staff and board quickly.
Just before the 2015 lacrosse season began, Coach Kelly Stevens was announced as head coach, and an array of talented coaches came with her. Coach Kelly played college lacrosse at Pacific and continues to stay involved in coaching at Pacific as well as Beaverton. Along with Kelly, a new freshman emerged from youth with raw talent and unbelievable skills. Malia Roll was quick and knew how to get the ball into the back of the net.
As a freshman, she made the Oregon national team, and had over 20 goals her freshman year. With over 23 goals already this season, she is sure to bring success to this young Beaverton team.
It is important to remember with all of these changes, BHS girls’ lacrosse has been able to finish fourth in their league and hope to go father this year in playoffs. We are a team based on community and self-empowerment. It isn’t easy playing a sport where we are constantly shamed for wearing skirts and playing red light-green light, but even with these challenges ,we have been able to learn essential skills that will transfer into real life and help us develop leadership rolls early in life. As the varsity captain alongside junior Julia Reed and Valley Catholic senior Sophia Cowell, we have been able to the process of building the walls with a strong season ahead.