Athlete of the Month: Georgia McLean ’17

Girls lacrosse Co-Captain Georgia McLean ’17, or “the Honey Badger”a nickname derived from her intensity and leadership—is in her final season playing lacrosse at PHS. After trying sports like softball and gymnastics when she was younger, lacrosse finally clicked with her in third grade.

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“My mom told me about this program called PGLAX [Princeton Girls Lacrosse], and I went out on my first day and I started to pass around and I just immediately fell in love with the game. I had such a passion for it from the beginning.”

   McLean is almost always the smallest girl on the lacrosse field, which motivates her to play with an unmatched tenacity.  

“One of my favorite quotes is, ‘It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog,’” McLean said.

She prides herself in her ability to win every ground ball, as she sees it as a test of her will to beat her opponent in gaining possession. Her mindset leads head coach Sara Doran to credit McLean for being one of the hardest working players on the field at any given time.

“She is incredibly good at [winning loose] balls both on the ground and in the air, she’s very aggressive and that makes her unique.”

McLean is extremely competitive and her lack of size is something that motivates her both on and off the PHS field. To maintain her fitness and abilities, McLean does plays for other clubs, and even cross-trains by playing other sports. In the offseason, McLean runs, does yoga, and plays field hockey to stay in shape for lacrosse season. In the past, she has also played club lacrosse. During her middle school years, she played for Ultimate Lacrosse Club and later switched to TI Lacrosse Club.

McLean saw playing for these club teams as helpful to her development as a player, because she played against competitors from all over the country, who pushed her to improve to remain a presence in the game.

For her senior year, McLean hopes to enjoy the season to its full potential because she knows it will be her last time playing lacrosse, outside of the possibility of playing club lacrosse at Wake Forest University next spring.

“My biggest goal for the season is to enjoy getting to know my teammates and enjoy playing the game. As a captain this year, I really wanted to create a family and have a really great team dynamic where we have a lot of fun together.”

Co-Captain Gwen Koehler ’17 acknowledges the importance of what McLean brings to the team.

“Georgia is always looking to give advice and be a role model that leads by example for every one of her teammates. She is one of the feistiest players I have ever had as a teammate.”

McLean is optimistic that tenacity combined with good team chemistry and hard work will carry the Tigers deep into the state tournament.

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