Senior Ally Blood has played varsity lacrosse at Maryvale Prep since her freshman year and is one of the captains for the Lions this season. In addition to lacrosse, Blood played soccer and basketball at Maryvale and is a stellar student. She will play college lacrosse at Queens University of Charlotte. She talked with PressBox about the upcoming season.
As a four-year varsity lacrosse player, how have you gotten better each season at Maryvale?
ALLY BLOOD: I think the most important thing I have gained from each season is confidence. Each season, I felt myself grow more comfortable with the girls and my coaches. I have learned a lot from my teammates and my coaches.
Being named captain, what type of advice do you give to some of the younger players?
AB: I think the most important advice is to try new things, play hard and don't give up. Also, to do things out of your comfort zone to get better -- it's how you practice when no one is looking that matters the most.
Many professional coaches, including Orioles manager Buck Showalter, say athletes should play different sports in high school because it helps with their development and leadership skills. What advantages did playing lacrosse, soccer and basketball provide for you?
AB: Being a three-season athlete has kept me in shape year-round. It also helps with time management. Lastly, from being a three-sport athlete, my leadership skills have improved.
How did the competitive academics and athletics at Maryvale help prepare you for college?
AB: Between balancing athletics and academics, I have learned to manage my time better. During soccer and lacrosse season, I don't get home until 6 p.m., and during basketball season, I wouldn't get home until 8 p.m. I had to make sure I was using all my time wisely and not procrastinating. I have to hold myself accountable when I miss class time for an away game and get caught up and ask for help, so I don't get caught behind.
What went into your decision to attend Queens College, and what do you plan to study?
AB: I chose Queens University of Charlotte not only for the lacrosse program they have there but also for the opportunities that Queens provides for their students. I wanted a small school that was in an environment I could be successful in. Going to Maryvale the past four years has made me used to the small class sizes and the sense of community. I wanted a school that I wouldn't be just a face. I wanted a school that I could be close with all my peers and I'd be able to go to my teachers for help when I needed it. I plan to study biochemistry.