Athletic try-outs especially stressful for freshmen

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Meghan Llamas – Mustangs Ahead

sports logo(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – With Spring rolling around, athletes prepare for new seasons.  For freshmen like Lydia Connell, Spring means new athletic opportunities.

For the LRHS girls lacrosse team, tryouts are less than a week away, and Connell is eager to get in on the action, “I’m nervous for tryouts, but I’m really excited to get to meet new people, grow my skills, and play for a new team!”

This spring will be her third season in the sport, which she hopes to make the best season yet. “Some of my goals for the season are perfecting my left cradle and increasing my shot speed,” she said.

From middle school of 1,093 students to a high school of 2,420, it’s definitely a big change in her life. She said, “There’s definitely a lot more responsibilities and people compared to my old school, but I like high school a lot.”

There have been a lot of new experiences for the freshman, including not only trying out for what she hopes to make her first high school lacrosse season, but participating for the first time in both the color guard and winter guard.

Connell explained her favorite part about playing lacrosse, “I love how competitive it can be and how close the team bond is.”

Senior and former team captain Alyssa Bradford went into detail when telling how important new players are, “When more and more people tryout each year it helps our program grow, allowing for a better overall future for the team!”

Tryouts will be held for the girls’ and boys’ lacrosse teams on Monday, Jan. 27.

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