The end of the school year will mark the end of a journey for four Greenbrier High School girls lacrosse players.
Seniors Savannah Allen, Hannah Hutto, Meredith Keskula and Taylor Mutimer were freshmen on a fledgling program entering its third year in 2010. The Lady Wolfpack won just two games in their first two years. With a win in one of the last two games this year, the Lady Wolfpack will have a winning season for the first time in school history.
“These were the key players that anchored our team throughout their four seasons,” said head coach Mark Leszczynski. “It’s interesting that we have a new batch of freshman players that are very similar, with a freshman goalie to carry on the torch.”
Allen, an attacker, started her freshman season, while Mutimer (goalie), Hutto (defenseman) and Keskula (attacker) started their sophomore years.
It was a weeklong lacrosse camp at Limestone College the summer before their sophomore season that solidified them.
”Misery makes memories,” joked Mutimer.
Time together on and off the field played a role in that experience.
”It definitely taught us a lot and it helped us bond even closer to each other,” said Hutto, who will play lacrosse for Piedmont College in the fall. “We got to room with each other. So, I think it was definitely an experience.”
The ending won’t be the one that Allen envisioned. With her, the Lady Wolfpack started 5-2. She suffered a concussion and the team has gone 1-3 in her absence.
“We talked to my neurologist to see if I can play in the last two,” said Allen.
No matter the final outcome, Allen, the team’s attack captain, looks back on the four years fondly.
“We all started out just kind of trying out, really all nervous together and definitely our tryouts our freshman year are still very vivid in our minds,” Allen said. “Just coming back and seeing the freshman this year, it reminds us of what we went through and how nervous and excited we were. The four of us especially have become like sisters and close friends with this. I’m very thankful for it.”
While they have fun at practice and during games, they hang out after as well.
“We do stuff outside of lacrosse like we have bonding events, and so we’ll all go out to eat or we’ll go to someone’s house and we just like to all bond in those ways,” Keskula said.
While the four finish their time playing lacrosse for the Lady Wolfpack, helping the transition has opened other avenues.
“We have a new backup goalie this year, and so occasionally she’ll get to play goal and so coach will put me in for field and I’ll play attack. I really wanted to get a goal this year and there’s still two games, so I might,” Mutimer said. “I kind of run around aimlessly hoping for the best, trying to catch things and usually I don’t, so it’s kind of a funny experience for me and the spectators.”
In the end, they hope they leave a legacy that inspires future players.
”I feel like I’d want the young girls to look up to us a little bit and not say they want to be like us, but they want to be even better,” said Hutto.