Seniors have combined for 66 goals this season
HAVELOCK - Lacrosse is still a growing sport in many areas, including the eastern part of the state.
Down in Havelock, the Rams have had some budding stars over the past few seasons that are now in bloom as seniors Grace Look, Alyssa Tompkins and Amber McCarthy have combined for 66 goals this season.
Additionally, McCarthy has scored 138 for her career and Tompkins has passed out 55 assists in hers.
Look has scored 85 goals for her career.
Monday at the high school, the trio all signed to play lacrosse in college as McCarthy is going to Mount Olive, Look is headed to Catawba College and Tompkins is going to Lincoln Memorial in Tennessee.
"It's hard being the three leaders on the team, but the younger girls are getting better," McCarthy said. "We play hard and hope it effects them and it has been."
McCarthy and Look both have 26 goals each this season while Tompkins has 14.
The team is just 4-5 but the trio wants to do its best to steadily improve that mark.
"We have to show them how much we care about it and how bad we want to win so that they understand," Tompkins said.
Look added that intensity is something she tries to bring and have rub off on the younger teammates.
The trio has played together for three years and chemistry has formed.
"We can just look at each other and know what's going on out there a lot of times," Tompkins said. "I know if I pass it to either one of them, something good is probably going to happen."
Look is the tallest of the group and says she sees a lot on the field that maybe shorter girls can't.
"Probably around eighth grade I figured out if I worked hard at it, I could probably be really good and be good enough to play in college," Look said. "I definitely take it a lot more seriously ever since I figured that out."
Havelock coach Mitch Williams, who has led the team since its inception, knows well what the trio means.
"They are all three valuable, they have records here that probably won't be beat for a while," he said.
McCarthy said that for her, it's as simple as something she loves.
"I just can't get enough lacrosse," she said. "Unlike other sports I play it lets me just open up and run and be intense and go at a fast pace."
The Rams have six games left this season, concluding with a home senior night battle against New Bern on April 26.
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