For Lakeside High School’s Abby Harrover, lacrosse is part of her balancing act.
But it is a part at which the recent graduate is especially adept. During the 2012 season, Harrover, a midfielder, scored 63 goals and recorded nine assists while leading the Lax Cats to a 9-4-1 record.
The second-year team captain received 2012 Girls Lacrosse All-State Team honorable mention accolades, and for the second consecutive year is The Augusta Chronicle’s Girls Lacrosse Player of the Year.
“Her career total goals in four years of varsity lacrosse is 178,” wrote Lakeside girls coach Curt Gary in an e-mail. “It’s a record that will probably last forever.”
In addition to lacrosse, Harrover maintained a 4.0 GPA, was a cheerleader, and belonged to Beta Club, National Honor Society, Science National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta (a math honor society) and
student council. She will attend Georgia Tech in the fall on a full academic scholarship.
”I’ve always been busy,” said Harrover, who plans on playing club lacrosse in college. “I’ve always been doing some kind of sport even before I was doing lacrosse. My parents told me from a really early age that if I wasn’t able to balance it, that I would have to give up sports and extra-curriculars because academics always come first. I just found a good balance for it.”
While accomplished at lacrosse now, it wasn’t like that when she was introduced to it by her cousin, Courtney Hatcher, also a Lakeside girls lacrosse coach.
“Lacrosse is very frustrating as far as the catching and throwing,” Harrover said. “You don’t really know how to catch and throw for about a year or so. It’s so frustrating watching girls do it with ease when you can’t do it. You keep dropping it and there is definitely a stick-with-it attitude you have to attain when you play.”
She said lacrosse has helped hone her leadership skills.
“On the attacking and defending end, it’s really important that you have one or two people that can really kind of coordinate your offense and your defense,” she explained. “That’s the sort of thing where you have to work with each girl in the speed of the game to try to coordinate what’s going on and try to get plays going, have good timing, that sort of thing.”
One of the biggest things Harrover will take away from lacrosse is the eclectic group it attracts.
“Every single year it’s such a different group of girls,” she said. “There are girls on our team I don’t think I would have ever crossed paths with. It’s people I don’t think would have taken my classes or hang out with my friends. I feel really blessed almost that this group of girls were brought together and they were all so special to me at the end and we just got so close. I really think that was unique.”