Lizzie Colson has been tormenting opponents since she arrived at Manchester Valley. Last year, she led the Mavericks to an undefeated season, scoring 83 goals with 27 assists. She also controlled 71 draws. This year, she has been dominant again, scoring four goals in a 13-9 victory against rival Century April 7. Colson, who comes from a family of top-notch lacrosse players, will attend Maryland in the fall.
As a senior, how have you gotten better each season at Manchester Valley?
Lizzie Colson: Every year, I try new things, and I push myself to be able to do something I couldn't do last season. I set personal goals based off of the season prior to that. I like to watch my personal development. Every year, I have teammates who push me to get better and support me in my lacrosse career, and that really helps me grow.
You come from a family of lacrosse players. How did they inspire you to play the game?
LC: Coming from a family of lacrosse players pushes me to get better and work harder. I constantly have someone to shoot around with. It's such a fun experience, because we get to help each other grow as players and teammates.
What type of advice do you give to some of the younger players?
LC: I always tell the younger girls that lacrosse is such a mental sport and to stay positive, even if things aren't going their way. I understand that as a freshman, playing against a senior can be intimidating, but it's important that they know everything they are capable of achieving. I think it is really important that they believe in themselves.
How did the academics and athletics at Manchester Valley help prepare you for college?
LC: I think the academics at Manchester Valley help me prepare for my future because I have teachers who are very hands on and willing to help. I push myself academically, so that next year will not be such a wakeup call. Same thing goes for on the field -- I have teammates who are always pushing me; working on draw controls, timing my runs, goalies taking extra shots after practice, etc. I have so much support from the school, both academically and athletically, that allows me to be successful.
What went into your decision to committing early to the University of Maryland, and how excited are you to play for such a successful program?
LC: When choosing my college, a lot of things went into my decision. Aside from the phenomenal lacrosse program, the academics and the campus sold me. When I walked on campus, I knew that was where I wanted to spend these next four years. I am beyond excited to play for Coach Cathy Reese. I cannot wait to be around players who will push me to be better every day. It's slightly intimidating going into such a successful program, but I can hardly wait to be a part and contribute.