Ava Welty and Thayer Hubbard, two players who just completed their freshman season with the Fairview Knights girls lacrosse program in 2019, received All-American recognition this summer from Under Armour and Maverik Lacrosse.
The first honors came during the season when Welty and Hubbard were named Maverik National High School All-Americans and were selected to play in the Maverik National Lacrosse Classic for Team Colorado next week in Frederica, Deleware.
“I was really excited being named,” Welty said. “It is such a good opportunity to play in a tournament with some of the best players out there.”
Before going to Deleware, the two girls made a trip to Texas in June to try out for the Under Armour All-America Team for the Southwest region from the class of 2022. With an impressive showing, both girls were selected for the team and earned the right to showcase their talents.
“When we made it, we went to Baltimore two weekends ago and competed against the other regions,” Hubbard said. “It was really good competition and the top Division I coaches were there to watch. It was really good exposure for us. Colorado and the Southwest (region) in general is growing.”
Hubbard and Welty received All-American recognition after helping FHS finish 13-4 and reach the quarterfinal round of the state lacrosse tournament. Both freshmen joined a veteran defensive unit to help shore up the back end of the field for the Knights.
Hubbard, a goalie who attends Fairview, finished the season with a 7.7 goals against average and .564 save percentage. Playing in front of her was Welty, a freshman from Erie, who played at defenseman and added five goals and four assists on offense. The two have worked close together in lacrosse growing up, which helped them make the transition to make an immediate impact at the high school level.
“Ava and I have worked together since third grade on our game,” Hubbard said. “We had a lot of time to perfect our games. Having her as an anchor was helpful for me. She could communicate to the other starters what I needed, and having that core squad with people older than us helped us learn and improve more this year.”
With their first season of high school lacrosse complete, both girls believe they can step into larger roles for Fairview next season. In addition to having a year of varsity play in Colorado, facing top competition from across the country has helped them progress even more in the sport heading into their sophomore season next year.
“I think being able to say I’m an All-American at this age where I still have to play in high school and club tournaments is reassuring,” Hubbard said. “It’s a very good thing to see. Going to these tournaments and playing against the best competition is going to accelerate my game.”
Both girls say they appreciate the recognition that has come early in their high school careers and have enjoyed the experiences of traveling and playing against some of the best players in the country to further their game.
“I’m excited to play against good competition again and on a team with a lot of my friends,” Welty said. “With Team Colorado, it was really fun, and I got to play with girls older than me and could learn from them.”