Rising sophomore Lauren Cremen brings young talent and passion to the Maryland Class 2A/1A state champion Manchester Valley Mavericks. Cremen made head coach Shelly Brezicki's varsity team as freshman, and was a strong contributor in Manchester Valley's perfect 2015 season.
Coming from a lacrosse family, Cremen started pursuing the sport when she was 6 years old. It was her mother's passion for the game growing up that brought the attacker to lacrosse. Cremen's older sister, Morgan, is also a junior defender at McKendree University.
Cremen primarily plays attacker, but occasionally fills in holes in the Mavericks' midfield. When not playing for Brezicki, Cremen plays club lacrosse for Check-Hers Elite Black, and she is also a member of the soccer and basketball teams at Manchester Valley.
Off the field, the rising sophomore participates in student government and the Key Club.
PressBox: What are your lacrosse plans for the summer?
Lauren Cremen: I will continue to play club lacrosse. I've been looking and contacting many colleges and plan to do camps for the main colleges I am interested in.
Overall, I want to get my name out there to as many colleges as I can and find the right fit for me. The recruiting process is very exciting, and I'm excited to see what my future holds. I am continuing to keep the stick in my hand and exercise to improve my skills.
PB: What was the most memorable part of your undefeated season?
LC: The most memorable part of my undefeated season was the determination and hard work every single player, coach and spectator put into the season. We were all extremely close and pushed each other to improve every day. We worked so hard and had lots of fun doing it. Every single player on Manchester Valley's team had heart, but the most memorable part would be the people involved in our program and the impact they made in my life forever.
PB: What did winning the championship mean to you?
LC: Winning the championship meant everything to me. I'm so lucky to experience this kind of thrill only as a freshman. Now, I am even more motivated to keep the winning streak going. I will forever remember this moment with such a great group of people.
PB: How do you top/build on the team's impressive season in 2015?
LC: We still have the talent at Manchester Valley, so I believe that working hard every single day, and continuing to push each other will make us better. We always make sure we accomplish the little things, because that eventually leads to the big things, like winning a state title. I know we will build off of each other, our positive energy and our dedication to lacrosse.
PB: What are your goals for pursuing lacrosse after high school?
LC: I want to become the best lacrosse player I could ever possibly be. If I work hard every day, I will succeed, and everything after high school will fall into place. I want to go to the right college, for me, and the one that will continue to push me, not only as an athlete, but as an overall good person.
PB: What teammate have you learned the most from?
LC: I've learned a lot from all my teammates, but Lizzie Colson particularly comes to my mind. I'm so lucky to have been able to play high school lacrosse with her and watch her speedy moves around great defenders. I learned so much from her. She is not only a spectacular lacrosse player, but she's such a hard worker. She has great passion and the right mindset to be successful at the game. Her fast dodges, creative cuts and accurate shots have truly helped me improve in my game.