May 01, 2019 11:23 PM
(ABC 6 News) - "It's easy to talk about Mara because she's a really selfless player," boasted John Marshall Lourdes head girls lacrosse coach Breanna Bly.
The adjective selfless is just one of many her coach and team use to describe senior captain Mara Dealing. Among them are confident, calm, mature, quick, aggressive and unselfish.
Other words that should be added are senior standout and accomplished. The season may still be young, but Mara has already made her mark. She leads her team in scoring with 17 goals, leads in assists with 12 and averages six to seven ground balls per game. Not to mention she averages three caused turnovers per game.
Just over a week ago, Mara had eight goals in her team's game against Rocheser Mayo High School, where they went on to win 16-2.
"I think through girls giving me the opportunity when I made the cuts and also just going to net," Dealing said about her excellent game on April 22nd. "Just focusing on me making the plays I needed to and not forcing the ball definitely was the main focus for me."
While she's being recognized as a standout player, for her, it's all about the team. When asked what one of her personal goals was for this season, she said it wasn't about getting her points up, but making sure everyone on the team has the same amount of opportunities.
"I think making the connections really effects and shows how we play on and off the field and that's one of the main things I work on," Dealing explained about her team's dyamic.
Her high school lacrosse team is a co-op with Rochester Lourdes and what Mara says really helps their team thrive is their chemistry and compatibility.
"People may think that's different for us because we're co-oped for John Marshall and Lourdes, but on that field we don't see each other as Lourdes and John Marshall, we see each other as one team," Dealing said.
Head coach Breanna Bly also recognizes her team's relationship and attributes their success on the field to the connection they all share.
"They pull together so well as a team I really think these girls really feel like they are sisters with one another and I think it shows when they play," Bly expressed. "I keep saying unselfish, but that's kind of how this whole team has evolved with one another. Everyone's looking at who's got the better shot, making sure they get it and [Mara] leads that."
Along with Mara's quick, aggressive, and selfless playing style, the team's makeup has helped her come into her own as one of the team's leaders.
"She's kind of the head of this captain group and she's really taken charge as that scorer on the team that we really needed to have that spot filled from last year," Maura Talwalkar, Mara's good friend and teammate said about her stepping up in her senior season. "So, I think she's done a really good job of that."
Mara said she started playing her freshman year and grew a passion for the game. She hopes to continue her playing career after she graduates from John Marshall High School.
"It's why she's being looked at to play at the next level because not only does she have the skills, she has the unselfishness, she has the teach-ability and she looks for what's best for the team," Bly said. "All those qualities together make her an outstanding athlete."
Created: May 01, 2019 11:23 PM
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