Brigid Morrison of Sturgis West girls lacrosse team
By Mike Richard
From the time she arrived as a lacrosse player at Sturgis West, Brigid Morrison has become a scoring machine.
The senior attacker scored 66 goals her sophomore season and then bettered that with 70 goals last year. She is the all-time scorer in the five-year history of Sturgis lacrosse, looking to add to that total this spring.
“I’m hoping to keep that going and maybe shoot for 80 or 85 (goals) this year,” she said, using some modest numbers.
“Actually her goal is to score 100 goals this season,” her coach, Katie O’Hara, said.
A three-sport athlete at Sturgis, Morrison plays field hockey in the fall and basketball in the winter. However, lacrosse has been the sport that she has played the longest – coming up on her eighth year overall.
“Brigid is a tremendously skilled player,” said O’Hara. “Her stick skills and finesse are impressive. She’s an aggressive offensive/midfield player with a solid lacrosse IQ. Since her freshman year she’s been a leader in our lacrosse program at Sturgis.”
In addition to being a member of the Navigators, she also plays for the Boston Laxachusetts club team and has played at the ESPN Wide World of Sports at Disney World.
“That was a great experience,” she noted. “There were a lot of college coaches there and we had the chance to play in front of them.”
She hopes to continue to play at the college level, whether it be on an organized school team or at the club level. At the present time she has narrowed her choices down to Sacred Heart of the University of New England.
Either way, she plans to enter the field of physical therapy or some other area in the health sciences.
“When I was younger I had to do physical therapy,” she explained. “It really interested me. If I was to stay with it (as a major), I am thinking of maybe working with veterans or people who suffer with posttraumatic injuries.”
Morrison has had her share of bumps and bruises while competing, perhaps the most severe being when she sprained both ankles during her sophomore lacrosse season.
“It then carried over to soccer season my junior year and into the basketball season,” she said.
However, she has approached her senior season feeling as good as new.
“I really like the fast-paced intensity and the team style of lacrosse,” she said. “I think it helped me grow the most as a player off the field ... as well.”
O’Hara noted that Morrison, a captain-elect by her peers, has been a solid leader throughout her career.
“She encourages her teammates, seeks out opportunities to improve her skills and demonstrates unwavering commitment to the team,” the coach said. “I am looking forward to watching Brigid lead her team through a positive and successful season.”
20 Questions with Brigid Morrison
1. Favorite subject: Biology 2. Favorite book: “Looking for Alaska” by John Green
3. Favorite food: Caesar wrap 4. Favorite movie: “The Guardian” 5. Favorite TV show: “Chopped” – the cooking show
6. Favorite Cape restaurant: Seafood Sam’s
7. Favorite Cape hangout: The beach
8. Favorite sports team: New England Patriots
9. Favorite athlete: Avery Bradley 10. Favorite ‘pump-up” music: My team’s basketball warm-up playlist
11. Best advice I’ve received: “Leave everything you have on the court or the field.”
12. Person I’d most like to meet:
13. Hobbies and interests: Walking the beach /watching the sunset, hanging out with my friends, playing lacrosse
14. Own greatest sports moment:
Playing at the ESPN Wide World of Sports in Disney for lacrosse
15. Most inspirational person: My mom
16. Pregame rituals / superstitions:
Finishing basketball warm-ups with a made shot
17. Bucket list place to visit: Tour of Europe
18. Biggest sports setback or obstacle: Spraining both my ankles in one sports season
19. College plans / major: Physical therapy
20. Advice to young athletes:
“Sports are about having fun; whether you win or lose, the most important thing is to always have a good time.”
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Brigid Morrison [PHOTO BY MIKE RICHARD]