Point out the phrase defense to Olivia Szela and her ever-current smile gets even broader.
Regardless of whether the activity is field hockey or lacrosse, becoming equipped to make a defensive contribution to her team’s good results is what motivates the Lawrence senior.
“I just love getting the ball away from them,’’ Szela mentioned of stopping the opposition. “It would make me so delighted. I love creating positive that no one will come down there, which is my home.’’
Szela has protected her residence pretty very well, and now she has just one more video game ahead of she and the Cardinals can assert the deed to a state championship.
Actively playing in the Central West A point out finals on Friday at 4 p.m., No. 2 Lawrence (11-) will journey to No. 1 Voorhees (13-1-1).
“Going to the finals suggests every thing to us,’’ Szela mentioned. “We have been doing the job on this considering the fact that previous year. This team has been alongside one another for a while now. So, obtaining this opportunity to engage in for the championship is incredible for us.’’
On Lawrence’s defense, Szela, Ashley Belgrave, Macey Vice, Kerstyn Johnson, Jamie Slutzky, Julia Krimmel and goalies Abby Duncan and Olivia Drake have answered the bell all 11 games and altered and adapted to every single predicament.
“I’m glad to listen to people talking about our defense,” Lawrence mentor Megan Errico claimed.
Whilst absolutely everyone has performed their job fantastically, it has been Szela main the charge.
“She is the backbone of the defense,’’ Errico mentioned. “Liv is a correct defender and she can read the ball and get her adhere in there. We have found so substantially expansion in her this season and I’m so amazed with her.’’
Past time out versus Mount St. Mary’s in the semifinals it was the participate in of Szela and the defense that thwarted the attack and gave the offense the prospect to be successful.
It’ll be one more rough one particular against the Vikings, who have only shed to North Hunterdon and tied Ridge. North Hunterdon was the top rated seed in Central West B and Ridge, immediately after upsetting North Hunterdon, is in the West B last.
The Voorhees defense has not presented up a purpose in the final 6 games and the offense is led by Katherine McLean with 16 targets and 19 helps, Tess Rodenburger has 16 objectives and Sadie Eichlin prospects in assists with 13.
The Cardinals assault is led by Talia Schenck, the all-time main scorer in the Colonial Valley Meeting and the county, with 45 targets this year. Haley Adamczak has nine plans and Brooke Roslon has a staff-high 8 assists.
It has been a good yr on the area for the Cardinals, but the influence that the pandemic has had on family members has been a challenging lesson for Szela.
“I go by the saying, ‘Everything occurs for a cause,’’’ Szela mentioned. “I think Covid’s taking place has taught me a large amount as a individual and about being grateful for anything that I have.’’
With changing to remote studying and the daily chores of a substantial college senior, heading to participate in hockey is the aid from it all.
“It’s like my house absent from house,’’ Szela said of remaining on the pitch and enjoying hockey.
Not just enjoying hockey — playing protection.
“I like getting the fulfillment that will come with remaining the one particular of the closing strains of defense,’’ Szela claimed. “I genuinely like it when somebody will come down and attempts to make a move and you can intercept it.’’
Protection is pleasure to Szela, and it keeps that smile ever-present beaming.