When it comes to her love for lacrosse, 17-year-old Molly Mitchell has her older brother Clemens to thank. It was about four years ago when she first caught the fever.
“I started out watching his games and I was really interested in it,” Mitchell said. “And then I would pass the ball with him, and I was using a boy’s stick which I got used to. But then when I started playing girls lacrosse, I had to switch to the girl’s stick, which was hard to do, but I got used to it.”
Several years of hard work and practice have paid off for the gifted defender. For starters, Mitchell was one of 25 young women throughout Washington named to the Under-19 Girls team. That squad competed in the National Cup in Maryland on Memorial Day weekend, finishing third in a division comprised of 10 teams.
“We had to play a lot of east coast teams, which was hard,” Mitchell said. “They are very far along in their development. It’s insane. It was a good experience. There were college recruiters all along the sidelines.”
Mitchell was also named to the Washington All-State team for Girls Varsity High School Lacrosse, along with Alexandra Johnson of Woodinville and Emily Sokol of Inglemoor. All three play for Lake Sammamish Lacrosse.
At the time of this writing, that team was preparing to fly back to Boston to compete in another national tournament.
“We’re playing at Amherst College,” Mitchell said. “I think we got invited because we did so well in the tourney last year. I wasn’t there last year but I guess we did very well. I haven’t been to Boston before. And it’s a small team so I think I will get a lot of playing time.”
Despite the recent accolades, the junior from Woodinville High School isn’t sure if she will play lacrosse in college.
“It’s in the back of my mind,” she said. “If I get a good offer then I’m interested. But my number one goal is to get an ROTC scholarship in the Air Force.”
Her brother, 20-year-old Clemens Mitchell, continues to be a source of support.
“He came to my games during the regular season,” she said. “He is proud and has motivated me a lot. He’s a coach for Woodinville Lacrosse, so I’ve been able to go to captains’ practice. And he’ll compliment me on things I did during the games.
“Being a lacrosse player there are things that only he could point out, not like my parents or anyone else. So that is nice.”