Colton Wilburn, South Carroll, lacrosse

Q&A --

May 20, 2007|By BILL FREE

South Carroll senior defender Colton Wilburn is a team captain and two-year starter. "He runs the field well for his size, is the team's best defenseman who plays the other team's top scorer every game, is great at clearing the ball," Cavaliers coach Bill McDermott said. Wilburn, 6 feet and 215 pounds, is headed to Auburn University, where he plans to play club lacrosse. He was an outstanding recreation league basketball player and was known for his rebounding ability, averaging 10 a game to go along with his 10-point scoring average.

How important to you was the goal you scored to beat Westminster, 7-6?

It was one of my top lacrosse memories in my life. I drove all the way down the field, and I took a left-hand shot from pretty close. I did score again against Francis Scott Key for two goals and one assist this season.

Was it tough ending your high school career with a 16-3 loss to unbeaten Winters Mill?

I didn't want to lose to them, but if I had to lose to a team, it would be them. We beat them by about the same score last year in the region finals. We went to the states and lost, 6-5, in four overtimes to Parkside in the semifinals last year.

How did you chose Auburn? Was it because your sister Amanda goes there?

That was part of it. But I've been down there for some college football games. I love the campus. And apparently from what I know, the lifestyle is completely different. I loved it.

What was it like to tower over most everybody on the lacrosse field?

I don't really feel that tall. I always play the tall guys on the other team. They average about 6 feet. That could have something to do with it.

What did you get out of playing lacrosse for three years on the varsity?

Coach McDermott told me a lot. I feel more dedicated to the sport now. I learned a lot about discipline, too.

Do you enjoy the challenge of always playing the opponent's top scorer?

It makes me feel good that my coach would put me up against their best player. But I also feel like I need to step up my game to shut them down. I feel like people are out to get me because they know I'm a big guy. Most people try their hardest around me, and I like to try my hardest back.

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