With the regular season down to its final game, Greenbrier goalie Alan Troutman stood tall in net for the Wolfpack boys lacrosse team.
With a playoff berth on the line for the winning team, Troutman recorded 15 saves against crosstown rival Lakeside and propelled the Wolfpack to a 14-7 win and a spot in the Georgia High School Association A-AAAA state lacrosse tournament.
“He was the main difference between us and Lakeside and why we won the region game,” said Greenbrier boys community lacrosse coach Jeff Becker of The Augusta Chronicle’s Boys Lacrosse Player of the Year.
That game typified the kind of scenario that Troutman enjoys.
“I’m one of the guys with a lot of pressure on me,” Troutman said. “I thrived on pressure. I played my best games in closest games.”
He got his first chance in goal in 2010, started the 2011 season and set a school record with 207 saves – a 70 percent save rate – in 2012. He led the team to a 10-6 record.
He recently signed a letter of intent to play lacrosse for Emmanuel College, but first he had to decide which sport he would pursue.
As well as being a team captain on the lacrosse team, Troutman was a linemen for four years on the football team, where he was a team captain and earned 2011 All-Region and All-County honors. Getting away from the day-to-day pounding a lineman takes played into it.
“I realized I hadn’t played lacrosse near as much as I had football,” Troutman said. “I felt I could do lacrosse a lot more than football.”
The football background came in handy for Troutman in lacrosse, who described his style in goal as rough and tough.
“I’m not afraid to go and mix it up,” he said.
Becker said that Troutman saved the team his first two years and wanted him to take a more active role in 2012.
“Jeff (Becker) wanted me to take on the role as a coach on the field, that’s where I’m most improved,” Troutman said.
While at Emmanuel, Troutman plans to major in math education with a minor in physical education. He would like to be a math teacher and coach, but it doesn’t matter in which sport.
“I can coach all the sports,” he said.