Sarah Lloyd, Severna Park, lacrosse

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She always puts herself in position to succeed

April 09, 2010|By Katherine Dunn | katherine.dunn@baltsun.com

With only one season left to complete her high school career, Sarah Lloyd has been part of five state championship teams - two in lacrosse and three in swimming. Last spring, the midfielder was sidelined with a stress fracture in her shin. When she returned late in the season, she took over in goal, making critical saves, including some in a 7-5 state title victory.

A swimmer since she was 6, Lloyd and her twin sister, Emily, were keys to three Falcons state swimming championships in four years. Sarah won six individual state titles, still holds four of the 10 records she set or helped set in relays and was a four-time All-American. She decided to play lacrosse in college and, with a 4.5 weighted grade-point average, chose Princeton over Virginia and Duke.

Question: What was your first sport?

Answer: Probably swimming. My parents wanted me to learn how to swim because we live close by the river, so I did the neighborhood swim team when I was like 6 or so.

Q: When did you pick up lacrosse?

A: When I was 8 I think is when you can start Green Hornets, so I just did Green Hornets until high school.

Q: Were you as serious about swimming as Emily [who will swim for Virginia] when you were younger?

A: Yeah, we both swam club, and freshman year was when we decided to split a little bit. She didn't try out for lacrosse because she was going to get more serious about swimming, and I decided to try out for lacrosse and not go to nationals in the spring.

Q: Why did lacrosse become the sport for you instead of swimming?

A: I think I like lacrosse because it was more of a team sport, I guess, and because Emily really liked swimming and I wanted to do something different.

Q: Talk about the twin dynamic at that point. Was there just a point when something changed?

A: We're really close, but we don't really like to be competitive that much with each other. I didn't like it at swim practice sometimes when we had to race against each other. We still like being together at swim practice and stuff, but sometimes it's easier when we do our own separate things.

Q: Severna Park has won three straight state lacrosse titles. Is there pressure to keep putting trophies in the case?

A: Not really, because now there's so much competition every year between all the public schools, so we know each year that we have to work harder and be better than we were the year before.

Q: What was it like when you realized you would have to sit out a good part of last season?

A: I was kind of mad. My goal was to come back by the end of the season for playoffs.

Q: Did your coach [Carin Peterson] approach you about playing in the goal?

A: Yeah. After a game one time, Carin and Kim [Lawlor] asked, "Sarah, do you want to try goalie?" and I just said: "Sure, OK. Why not? I'm not doing anything standing on the sideline anyway."

Q: How was it playing in the goal?

A: It was so different than playing the field that it was a whole different experience. It's a lot harder. Goalie is such a mental position. I don't think I could continue playing goalie. It was fine for a spring, but it's so hard to play.

Q: Why do you think you were good at it?

A: I don't know. I guess just because of my field experience. I was able to talk to the defense, so I think the defense played a little better and I also think they played better knowing there wasn't a real goalie (laughs).

Q: Do you think that experience helped you when you got back onto the field?

A: Yeah. I think I learned a lot about defense and when to slide and more communication aspects of the defense.

Q: You learned what a goalie looks for, so do you think that helped you as an attacker?

A: Yeah. I learned a lot, actually. Maybe it was because I was a new goalie, but it was really hard for me to stop low shots, so I try to shoot low more. If you fake a goalie, it makes it so much harder for her. I didn't realize before how much harder it is for a goalie to stop a shot when you're moving across the field. It's really hard for a goalie to be in the right position and then come back to make a save.

Q: How does it feel to be back in the midfield?

A: It feels great.

Q: Did you fill out a Final Four bracket?

A: I did.

Q: How'd that go for you?

A: Well, I had Syracuse winning, but I had Duke and West Virginia left in the Final Four.

Q: Are you superstitious?

A: Especially with swim meets, I would try to do whatever I did that day before I would swim well. ... I didn't always end up doing the same thing exactly, but I would listen to the same music on my iPod.

Q: What's on your iPod?

A: I have a bunch of different types of music on my iPod. It depends on what I'm feeling that day. Pretty much I have every genre. Always upbeat stuff, and before states, my friends and I would listen to "Glee."

Q: What has been the highlight of your Severna Park athletic career?

A: Oh, that's a tough one. I guess winning states is always so much fun, and it really makes you feel like all your hard work has paid off.

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