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Best of women's lacrosse: senior attacker Sara Grapevin

by Carson Werner - Sports Editor
Wed, Mar 13th 2019 02:00 pm
Grapevine chases down a Nazareth defender in one of the year's early season matchups.
Grapevine chases down a Nazareth defender in one of the year's early season matchups.
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Athletes, specifically at the collegiate level, are students who show great demeanor in pursuing a sport outside of high school. At times, it may seem that a college athletes’ only purpose is to represent the school on the field or court. However, an athlete’s role on a team, in a school or even in a community can stretch to greater lengths.

The College at Brockport women’s lacrosse program has a prime example of how an athlete should compose themselves, on and off the field. Senior attacker Sara Grapevine is currently in her second year on the team and has found herself taking on an important leadership position this season. 

She transferred to Brockport before the start of her junior year and proved to be a huge contributor for her new team. 

“I wasn’t sure how my career was going to go here at Brockport when I first transferred,” Grapevine said. “I wasn’t sure how I was going to be received by the team and where my skill set would fit in. But, from my very first practice and time stepping on that field, everyone welcomed me with open arms which made the transition go very smoothly. It took a little time to get some confidence and to get comfortable, but once I did, Bob Boozer Field felt like home.”

At the end of the 2018 season, Grapevine had accumulated 29 goals and 37 assists for a total of 66 points in 18 games. Her effort to adapt to the team’s established chemistry made it seem as though she had been part of the group for years. 

So far this season she has three goals and three assists in two games, tying her with two other Brockport players for second place in points. Despite her offensive output, Grapevine’s goals don’t just revolve around the net.

“The main goals I have set in mind for the season are team goals,” Grapevine said. “I mean obviously the overall goal for myself is to work as hard as I can and bring as much to the table as I possibly can. I want to set a good example for the people below me and I want to be a player that my coaches can rely on in stressful situations. As a senior starter, you have to accept that there will be more pressure on you and be able to handle it. As for the team, I want to have the most successful season possible which means hopefully going to NCAA’s.”

The attitude that she carries with her throughout the season exemplifies the qualities of a leader who doesn’t need the statistics and achievements to do all the talking. Grapevine acknowledges the fact that as a senior, her execution during game time is more crucial than ever before. With the help of several other upperclassman, Grapevine can complete her on-field tasks using the weapons she has around her. Senior midfielder Jade Williams is one of Grapevine’s go-to options when looking to distribute the ball.

“I think having her behind adds so much to our offense because she is so smart and that position allows her to see the field in a way the rest of us can’t,” Williams said. “It really allows her to communicate with us.”

With a lacrosse stick in her hand and cleats on her feet, Grapevine is an offensively dangerous leader. However, off the field she’s a teammate, a friend and a role model who constitutes the tone of certain situations as a true leader should. 

“Every day at practice when I’m with my teammates, I try to put the best version of myself out there,” Grapevine said. “Whether it’s being funny when we are hanging in the locker room or stepping up during a big game, I always try to give my best and that’s really the impact I’m trying to leave on the program. If I can be someone that younger kids in the program and community look up to, then I’m doing my job.” 

After the completion of the 2019 season, Grapevine is set to graduate in May. Following graduation she plans on going to dental school where she will take part in an intensive Dental Admission Test (DAT) study group in Staten Island. There, she will prepare herself for the DAT in hopes to pass and begin dental school in the fall of 2019.