Athlete of the month: Mira Shane

Mira Shane '15 Photo: Catherine Curran-Groome

Mira Shane ’15
Photo: Catherine Curran-Groome

Varsity lacrosse goalie Mira Shane ’15 has one final season in blue and white before she trades in her PHS uniform for a new set of Michigan maize and blue. Although the four-year varsity player will attend the University of Michigan next fall as a lacrosse goalie, she still looks forward to the upcoming PHS girls varsity lacrosse season.

Shane began her career at a young age, when she was given an extra lacrosse stick from one of her mother’s friends. “She gave me my first stick, and that’s kind of where I got started,” Shane said. “I got a couple lessons at a summer camp [at Princeton University] and then I kind of just got the bug. I couldn’t put a stick down.”

During travel lacrosse in middle school, Shane was thrown into her current starting position, goalie, or as Shane describes it, “the real position.” She offered to play the position after her coach asked for volunteers. “I finally found something that I really, really wanted to spend time on, and I haven’t left my … cage since,” Shane said.

Shane has spent quite a bit of time in the cage over the course of her three years on the school’s team, having saved a total of 473 shots as of last season. “It would be awesome to break 500 saves,” Shane said. “But of course the goal is to just support my team as a leader on the field and to do the best that I can.”

According to new Head Coach David Schlesinger, Shane works well under the guidance of the new coaching staff. “It’s been a great experience [with Shane] so far,” Schlesinger said. “She’s shown great leadership. She’s a very natural leader: confident and poised. She also has taken the young goalies under her wing, so not only is she our starting goalie and senior leader, but she is the de facto goalie coach for the team.”

Shane looks forward to what she can learn from Schlesinger as well. Shane said, “[Having a new coach] will be a great thing to get another perspective [on lacrosse] and [receive] new teachings to get me ready for the college level.”
College lacrosse is around the corner for Shane, who signed with Michigan’s Division I girls lacrosse team last fall. “I’m really excited to be a part of a starter program. We have a really tough schedule that we’re working with. Its a schedule of a top ten program, so I’m excited to be a part of something bigger than myself, and I’m really excited to be going to what I consider to be a great athletic and academic school,” Shane said.

Although Michigan is in the not-too-distant future, Shane is ready to go all-in in her last season of high school lacrosse. Shane said, “I want to finish this season out with a bang. I’ve had [three] really awesome seasons, so I think to finish it out with a really great season, with a really great group of people, and a new coach this year will all be great to prepare me for college and the next level.”

What would you do with $1 million?
I’d probably put a bit in a Swiss bank account, with the rest I’d find a benevolent act. Help women’s shelters and homeless shelters get back on their feet for healthier sanitary environments.

What is your spirit animal?
I’d enjoy being some sort of cub but in recent reflection a wolverine seems suitable.

What is your favorite kind of cheese?
My favorite’s Swiss … Full of holes and adventures.

What were you in your past life?
I was probably a drum set because I love making weird noises with my mouth … Also I could’ve been that cherry tree George Washington chopped down because then I could easily say ‘good ol’ Georgie learned his honesty from me.

What is your biggest fear?
I’m afraid of dying … But at the same time I’m afraid of living without people who I love the most. I believe we lose fear if we surround ourselves with the people we love.

1 Response

  1. Gail Summerskill says:

    Although I have not had the honor of meeting Mira in person, I have followed her on Facebook and read all the articles that her parents have shared about her. This article is yet another indicator of what a magnificent, young woman Mira Shane is. I hope she does win the lottery, and I know that all the girls she will coach and be a role model for over the years, in lacrosse and life, will learn about honesty and love from this not-to-be-chopped-down Cherry Tree blossomed girl!! Congratulations to you, Mira; rock this lacrosse season. Love, Gail

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