Town honors local lax standout

She added Niskayuna has helped shape her into the athlete that she is today.

"I wouldn't want to go anywhere else," she said. "We have a great program here and great coaches and a great community that supports our program."

For her high school team she practices constantly and even outside of school she finds herself practicing at home.

"Every day after practice I go home and play catch on the wall or shoot, so I play as much as I can," she said.

Getting picked for the national team, which will compete in the 2011 Federation of International Lacrosse World Championships in Hannover, Germany, was a great honor for her, she said.

"It is an unreal feeling to know that you are going to be representing the USA. It is a great honor," she said. "I really didn't believe it, but it has now sunk in."

She also shared some advice for fellow girls interested in sports.

"Just play a sport. It teaches you lessons you can't learn from other things," she said. "It helps me be successful off the field and that is the most valuable lesson I've learned from sports. Just always work hard and you can get where you want to be.""

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