For Alyssa Demski, as one lacrosse door opens, another closes.
In just a few weeks, Demski will return to Loch Raven High School with expectations for an exciting senior lacrosse season, but her club lacrosse career has come to an end.
Demski has played for the club team Sky Walkers since the sixth grade, but her lacrosse career began when she was 4 years old. A member of a family with heavy lacrosse roots, it was inevitable that Demski would pick up a lacrosse stick.
Demski's primary role for the Ravens is as a low defender -- a position she's become familiar with for the last six years. She began contributing for Loch Raven's varsity team at the end of her freshman year.
This summer, Demski has played in club tournaments every weekend and practiced with her team twice a week.
Off the lacrosse field, Demski is a member of Loch Raven's field hockey and track teams, and she is an active participant in student government and the school's theatre program.
PressBox: What are your lacrosse goals for the future?
Alyssa Demski: My lacrosse goals for the future definitely include playing in college, no matter the division. After college, I would also like to get into coaching, either high school or rec lacrosse, just to stay exposed to the game. I hope my kids want to play one day, too.
PB: What is your greatest lacrosse memory?
AD: My best memory would definitely be winning the Northern Rise tournament with my Sky Walkers team last summer. After spending eight hours on a bus with my team, the win was definitely worth it.
PB: Sky Walkers is known for being one of the most competitive club teams. How do you handle this as a player, and what is your favorite part about playing for them?
AD: Competitive is definitely an understatement, and keeping up with the pressure is really difficult. The only thing that kept me going was how supportive every one of my teammates was. They are my favorite part of playing for Sky Walkers, and even though most of us are going to different schools, I know the distance won't break the bonds that we've made.
PB: Which lacrosse coach have you learned the most from?
AD: I've learned the most from my Sky Walkers coach Kayla Stolins. She played with my sister for Sky Walkers and was our assistant coach this year. She was tough, but really smart and respectable.
She helped our defense with communicating and moving our feet, and without her, the team's defense wouldn't have been nearly as effective.
PB: Does Loch Raven lacrosse have any plans for the fall and how do you expect your spring season to go?
AD: In the fall, most of the girls are involved in other sports, but I know we've talked about playing in an indoor league, or just meeting up for wall ball or some lacrosse training on the side.
Luckily, we're only losing three seniors from last season, but they were all captains, starters and huge assets to our team. It'll be a hard loss, but we'll definitely still have their heart with us. Someone is sure to step up and take over the leadership role, and I'm sure we'll be right back to the state semis this year.
PB: Which club tournament was the most challenging of the summer?
AD: I expected the last one to be the most difficult, and it was; not in terms of the teams we were playing, but from a mental standpoint. It was our last time ever playing together as Sky Walkers 2016 white, and some tears were left on the field, but the memories will always be with us.