Walsh works hard both on and off the lacrosse field


Annabel Everett, Staff Writer

Senior Sydney Walsh prepares for college lacrosse and reminisces on the JC lacrosse memories of past years.

Sydney has been playing lacrosse for years, and she has continued her journey through high school. From making the John Carroll varsity roster freshman year, to committing to play Division 3 lacrosse at Randolph-Macon, Sydney is incredibly dedicated and hard-working.
Her focus, work ethic, and humble nature have contributed to her success as an athlete, and she explained that her coaches and teammates are her motivation to play lacrosse to the best of her abilities.
Referring to her coaches and teammates, Sydney said, “They have pushed me to become a better player and have helped me in becoming the player I am now.”
Sydney accomplished many things in her career as an athlete, especially at John Carroll. In becoming a successful athlete, Sydney confirmed that setting goals for herself is important, and she said, “My goal in playing lacrosse is to enjoy myself while playing the game I love and to push myself to be the best player I can be.”
Through the course of her life, Sydney has learned many things on and off the field: sportsmanlike conduct, determination, work ethic, and humility. She attributed her values and life lessons to lacrosse.
Sydney said, “Playing lacrosse has taught me a lot about dedication and hard work, especially with our long practices and having to train year-round even when not in season.”
Through playing lacrosse at John Carroll for four years, Sydney has experienced all the ups and downs of playing a high school sport. One of the most rewarding experiences as an athlete for Sydney has been playing against competitive teams in the league.
She said, “My favorite memory of playing lacrosse was my freshman year at JC. We had played a scrimmage against a competitive team, and we won on a 8-meter shot at the very end.”
She spoke about the inclusion on the lacrosse team and how it feels like a family. “When my teammate scored the goal, we all rushed the field, and so did our men’s lacrosse team. It was a lot of fun, and we were all very happy to have won.”
With her impressive achievements as an athlete, Sydney explained that there are also challenges in being a student athlete.
She said, “My biggest challenge in playing lacrosse has been trying to keep the balance between work and play. I have to remind myself that, while it is a big part of my life, at the end of the day, it is a game that I play for fun.”
Her plans for the future in lacrosse consist of playing Division 3 lacrosse at Randolph-Macon College and continuing to work hard on and off the field. Sydney has positively impacted the student body at John Carroll and has made a lasting impact on the players and coaches on the lacrosse team.