The senior class of the Havre de Grace girls lacrosse team describes itself as energetic, determined and funny.
Eva Villareal is all of those things. And she is also the entire senior class for the Warriors.
The Warriors team captain will be recognized on senior night as the Warriors battle Harford Tech on Tuesday at James R. Harris Stadium.
While this is Villareal’s sixth year playing lacrosse, it is her first year as team captain.
She explained how difficult and challenging the role could be at times—expressing her concern that guidance would be misconstrued as bossiness.
“This year has been the most encouraging compared to previous years," she said. "The varsity players have been very supportive of the freshman and the freshman supportive of the varsity. Everyone works together to hold the rope.”
Villareal has made a huge impact on the girls as a leader and on the field—as the team's second-leading scorer with 12 goals entering Tuesday.
“I am playing the same sports that my mom played when she was in school,” Eva said. “It makes it easy to relate to one another and she is always there when I need her help.”
With Villareal’s final regular season home game looming Tuesday night, and her senior lacrosse season winding down, she hopes the girls keep encouraging one another and also hopes the community continues to rally around the Warriors.
Villareal said, aside from her friends and Warriors coach Sarah Scholl, it's the hometown feel that she will miss the most once she graduates.
She is unsure on a major at this time, but plans on attending Harford Community College for her freshman year, and possibly switching to Disney University in Florida come sophomore year.
In the meantime, there's unfinished business: finishing strong after a 6-3 start. After finishing with three road games, Villareal will look to extend her high school career with another deep run into the playoffs.
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