St. Paul's attacker/defender Maggie Root recently completed a successful career for the Crusaders as a player and mentor to some of her younger teammates. This season, she volunteered to move from attack to help the Gators' inexperienced defense.
"It is difficult to be asked to change positions and Maggie never complained," St. Paul's head coach Mary Gagnon said. "We needed her stick work and leadership on the defensive end this year. Her selflessness helped us to become a better team."
Root has committed to Maryland.
What will you remember most about playing at St. Paul's?
Maggie Root: I will remember most how close it brought me to some of my classmates. Lacrosse kind of becomes its own little world. Finding friends who appreciate and love something so much the way you do is crucial for development and also makes it that much more fun. No matter the age, whether it was a freshman or a senior, I always found myself getting closer with girls. I would have never had that chance without the St. Paul's lacrosse atmosphere.
How did the program improve throughout your four years at the school?
MR: St. Paul's lacrosse has always had its ups and downs, but I think now is one of its ups. Over the years I have been at St. Paul's, we have had three coaches. I think our current coaching staff, which I only had the pleasure of having for my senior year, will do wonders with the program.
How much time did you devote to club ball?
MR: I devoted no more than any other player. I loved my club team for all the years I played for them. Having other friends from other schools was an incredible opportunity to see how each school from different areas in Maryland taught their players different techniques and overall helped me to improve as a player.
What went into your decision to attend the University of Maryland?
MR: The University of Maryland had always been my dream school ever since I was little. My brother attended the school as an engineering student, and he really enjoyed his time there, which was very encouraging to me when weighing my options between other schools I was interested in attending and playing for. Being close to home is also something that is important to me. Having my parents at the games means the world to me and their support has been what carried me through my lacrosse career. So, I cannot imagine it without them right on my sideline.
How has St. Paul's prepared you for college and eventually pursuing your career?
MR: St. Paul's has prepared me in many different ways. Through academics and on the field, I have learned a lot about myself and what I am able to achieve. I have overcome a lot of things and learned a lot of things at St. Paul's, and that has helped shape me into the player I am today.