Ranch reflections – Senior looks back on athletic milestone

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Ranch Reflections are articles written by LRHS students and staff who want to share their experiences, thoughts, and concerns. This is a great opportunity for Mustangs to branch out beyond traditional news stories.  This edition features Meghan Llamas’s thoughts on becoming the school’s first 100-goal lacrosse scorer.

Meghan Llamas – Mustangs Ahead 

LRHS senior Megan Llamas (l) scored 100 lacrosse goals

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – The past few weeks have felt unreal to me; I played my last high school lacrosse game, played in my first district playoff game, scored my 100th high school goal, and said goodbye to a team that has been my family for the past four years.

Lacrosse has always been a big part of my life and ever since I was little, I looked forward to playing in high school.

I was so excited when I heard that my freshman year the school was going to start a lacrosse program at Lakewood.

Year one was hard, I scored 11 goals and we ended with a record of 3-10.

At the time, the idea of making 100 goals never even crossed my mind, all I wanted to do was keep playing and get better.

The next year I more than tripled my goals, scoring 36. We finished with a record of 7-8, beating teams that crushed us before.

I continued to work hard, doing wallball in my garage and practicing my stick skills in my room in the middle of the night.

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I started junior year strong, scoring 27 goals in the first half of the season and quickly became hopeful that if I worked hard, I would hit 100 goals. However, COVID-19 started and drew our season to an abrupt stop.

Quarantine was hard, practicing became a chore, I lost the motivation to work out and went the longest I had even gone without practice.

Between work and catching COVID-19 in early January, I missed conditioning and showed up for tryouts rusty and out of shape.

Afraid I would not make tryouts, I gave it my all and when I did make the team, I decided that this would be the year I would score my 100th goal.

During my senior night, I became the first player in the history of our four-year-old program to hit 100 goals in my high school lacrosse career and start every varsity game.

The last four years have been a journey I will never forget, and I am so grateful that I had the opportunity to play with some amazing teammates and a great coach who helped me to be the best player I could be.