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18 Reasons I’m Thankful for the First Time I Picked Up a Lacrosse Stick

1. It’s a unique sport that instantly brings you into a tight-knit community. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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2. It’s made me a better athlete in other sports — soccer, baseball, hockey, you name it! Lacrosse combines so many sports into one that you can’t help but grow.

3. The chance to be a part of something and build a legacy for future girls lacrosse players.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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4. People think I’m tough with all my bruises. #battlescars

5. I could literally make my own field with all the turf I've collected in my shoes over the years.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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6. All the weird but hilarious game day superstitions that only your teammates understand.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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7. My headband collection. It’s bigger (and better) than Blair Waldorf’s.

8. I've learned to persevere through the hard times, both on and off of the field.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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9. In photos, I’m never the one who doesn’t know what to do with her hands because I always have a lacrosse stick in my hand.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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10. Seriously. I don’t even bite my nails when I’m stressed because I’ve always got my stick.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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11. Some people have knitting. I have stringing.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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12. All the game day selfies and team huddles.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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13. The perfect excuse to eat as much spaghetti and meatballs as I want…#teamdinners

15. My calf muscles are legit. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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16. My teammates keep me relevant with their workout playlists. #indie #rock #alternative #pop 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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17. I've met some of my absolute best friends. Injuries, road trips, locker room dance sessions, exhaustion, early morning practices, OT victories...we’ve been through it all. It’s a bond that can’t be broken.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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18. It’s like there was this part of me waiting to be unleashed and when I picked up a lacrosse stick, I truly felt like me for the first time ever.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Syracuse alum and Team USA goalie Liz Hogan says lacrosse had a major impact on her journey to becoming a leader. Check out some of the lessons she’s learned along the way in What It Means to be a Leader: Lessons Learned from Liz Hogan.