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Conestoga midfielder Liz Scott is Main Line Girls Athlete of the Week

Liz Scott

The senior midfielder and co-captain holds the school record for career draw controls, with more than 400. As of May 29, she has scored 63 goals this season, dished out 26 assists, won 114 draw controls and scooped up 44 ground balls. She played a large role in Conestoga’s District One 3A girls’ lacrosse championship this spring (first district title since 2006) and the Pioneers’ first-ever state title last spring. A leader on and off the field, she is the President of Conestoga’s Class of 2017.

Q: What does it mean to you hold the Conestoga record for career draw controls?

A: It means the world to me to hold that record. I spend a lot of time on practicing my draws, and it’s nice to know that it pays off. It is such a tedious and specialized position of the game, it’s strategic and technical. There is much more to it than how it is perceived.

Q: What (to you) has been your most memorable draw control this season – can you tell us a little about how the draw control developed and the surrounding circumstances?

A: My favorite draw was in our game against Strath Haven when we went into OT. It was 8-8 and one of my coaches looked at me in the huddle at the end of regulation and said, “You’re going to get that draw, you’re going to run down, and you’re going to score.” That is exactly what I did. I walked up to the circle saying to myself, “I want it, I want it, I want it.” I placed it right in front of me, and ran down and got the game winner.

Liz Scott (No. 17, hoisting District One championship trophy) was a vital part of the Pioneers’ first district title since 2006. (Nate Heckenberger photo/Digital First Media)

Q: What is your most vivid memory of the district championship game May 25, in which Conestoga won its first district title since 2006?

A: My most vivid memory of the game is when my teammate, Dana Cicchitti, drove down the middle of the field and ripped it into the back of the net to put us ahead 12-7 [with 3:35 left]. I was closest to her when she scored and I jumped on her in utter excitement. It was a great feeling.

Q: It sounds like your team had an interesting trip down to Georgia earlier this season (bungee jumping, go-karting, etc.) – what (to you) was the most memorable part of the trip?

A: The most memorable part of the trip for our team was our ability to bond as people. We have a young team, so bungee jumping off of 70 yard platform creates relationships with people through fear, courage, and determination. It was an awesome experience.

Q: Tell us a little about last year’s state title game – what is your most vivid memory of the game?

A: One of the memories that has stuck with me through that state title game last year was when I launched the ball in the center of the 8 to a space, so that my cousin Sondra Dickey could run onto it and catch it in the air and score. It was a risky pass, but she knew what I was doing, so I’m happy I took that risk. That ball was in the back of the net before I could blink an eye. I loved playing with her.

Q: You wear No. 17 for Conestoga. Was there a reason you chose this number – does this number have any significance to you?

A: This number has been with me since I was young. It was the number that nobody ever wanted. It was always the last jersey lying in the grass. That is why I wanted it, because nobody else did. I was determined to make a name for it, so that people did want to wear it.

Q: Who have been your biggest lacrosse mentors, and what was the most important thing each of them taught you about lacrosse?

A: My biggest lacrosse mentors have been my family members. My father and my brothers played. My coaches Amy Orcutt, Cindy Iezzi (aunt), Maureen Hager, and Brooke Record have also been there to teach and push me past my limits. Coach Orcutt and my aunt Cindy have taught me a lot about the mentality, spirit, and teamwork of the game. Mo, Brooke and my brothers taught me everything from the basics of cradling to the degrees of angles, in order to help me succeed. I have a long list of people to thank.

Q: You committed to Loyola University (Md.) a couple of years ago. What do you plan to major in at Loyola? Is there a career path that particularly interests you at the present time?

A: I don’t know what I plan on majoring in – all I know is that I can’t sit in a cubicle. College coaching is a dream of mine right now – anything with sports will suffice.

Q: You also play basketball for Conestoga, and your team had a pretty memorable season last winter. What (in your opinion) was the highlight of the season? Was your final Conestoga game the end of your competitive basketball career, or will you be playing beyond high school?

A: Basketball has taught me so much. I think I learn more about lacrosse in basketball than I do about lacrosse in lacrosse. The highlight of the season [for me] was beating Nazareth in the first round of States. Conestoga girls’ basketball had never been past the first round of States, so making it to the Sweet 16 in States was rewarding.

Q: What extracurricular activities are you involved in at Conestoga other than lacrosse and basketball?

A: I’m in a couple of clubs, including The Richard Wright project, prom committee, and Athletes Educating Students.

Fun facts – Liz Scott

Favorite author: Malcolm Gladwell.

Favorite athlete: Serena Williams.

Favorite pre-game pump up song: Lose yourself, by Eminem.

Favorite place to visit: Maine.

Favorite pre-game meal: Peanut butter banana sandwich with honey.

Favorite color: Forest green.

Family members: parents Matt and Luanne, older brothers Ben (played baseball at Elon), Tanner (played lacrosse at Duke) and Carson (plays lacrosse at University of Delaware).

(To be selected as Main Line Girls Athlete of the Week, a student-athlete must first be nominated by her coach.)



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