Throughout the high school season, many athletes talked about “going big.”
Emma Lazaroff one-upped that. She went national.
It was well documented that the 143 goals accumulated this season by the Centaurus girls lacrosse standout were a state record. But it was more than that.
The National Federation of State High School Associations announced — and tweeted — this week that Lazaroff’s total has established a national single-season record. It surpassed the 132 compiled by Addie Reilly of Locust Valley Portledge School (N.Y.) in 2010. Reilly now plays for Fairfield University.
“I had no idea until the end-of-season banquet when my coach told me,” Lazaroff said, referring to Warriors coach Genny Horning.
Chalk it up as another accolade for the Duke-bound senior, who also was named to the Under Armour All-America squad during the season. The Fairview graduate — she played for Centaurus because the Knights don’t have a team — will depart for Durham, N.C., on Aug. 20, but is unclear whether she will require an extra seat for the bevy of team and state records she will have in tow.
“I definitely had a lot of help from my teammates, but it also was a matter of being a senior and having a lot of experience under my belt,” Lazaroff said. “We went back and were looking at my stats, and my freshman year I only had about 30 goals. I think as I got older, I got a lot more confident and learned a lot more about lacrosse.”
Because she was a standout for four seasons, coaches often mused things like, “Isn’t she graduated yet?” as Lazaroff racked up goal after goal. This season, she led a relatively youthful squad to the final four for the second consecutive season.
The Warriors, who also received standout seasons from Carley Dvorak and Sarah Brown, finished 13-5 and a perfect 8-0 in Jeffco League play.
Lazaroff figures to acclimate quickly at Duke, because she is no stranger to the eastern portion of the country. She split her youth between Connecticut and Colorado. She moved to Colorado from the East Coast during her preschool years, then back to Connecticut before returning to Colorado again in her eighth-grade year.
Then she became a record-setter.
“I bet you it will be broken,” Lazaroff said. “The younger girls are really good players, and a lot of girls are playing more. Lacrosse is growing and people are just getting better and better.
“I hope it gets broken here, because it’s awesome to see Colorado lacrosse making a national statement.”
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