Danielle Hawkins, Havre de Grace, lacrosse

Q&A --

April 22, 2007|By BILL FREE

Senior midfielder Danielle Hawkins has played a key role in Havre de Grace's 4-1 start this season. She has six goals (which is second on the team), six ground balls and six draw controls. Hawkins, who has been playing lacrosse since she was 5, also is a basketball and soccer standout. She has been on the varsity lacrosse team since being called up from the junior varsity in the ninth grade. Hawkins also has been a member of the NEMS club lacrosse team in Harford County for four years.

What do you attribute the team's success to this season?

We have a lot of seniors and a lot of younger kids are stepping up, too. We expected to be pretty strong.

What is your most memorable play or goal this season?

I don't really have any big goals or big plays. I know in one game against Harford Tech, we were able to stall and hold the ball until the end for a win. I didn't score a goal in that game but my defense was outstanding.

Does being 5 feet 8 help you in lacrosse?

It has its advantages and disadvantages. It helps on draw controls when the ball is up in the air and I go after it with my long arm span. But on defense, it's harder for me playing against shorter girls.

What sport do you plan on playing in college?

I'm going to Monmouth University to play lacrosse. I'll play low defense. This year I get to cross over and do everything. I like playing both midfield and defense, so it's no problem making the switch. I was recruited by Monmouth while playing for NEMS.

If you could do anything over in your high school lacrosse career, what would you do?

There's nothing really to change. I was an attackman once but got put back to defense and then moved up to midfield. I wouldn't want to play attack. I like moving around the field too much.

What's the hardest play to make in high school lacrosse?

When a girl comes out on a fast break, you have to have your feet set. But you just have to be ready, be on your toes - it's not that hard.

What's your biggest game of the year at Havre de Grace and why?

Aberdeen is our school rival because they're close to us, but Edgewood also became a big game this year after they beat us early in the season pretty bad, 22-12.

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