Having played lacrosse for 11 years, Lauren Martin provides experience, skill and leadership for the Georgetown Visitation Cubs.
The junior began playing lacrosse in second grade and has continued with the sport ever since. When not at Georgetown Visitation, Martin plays club for Capital Lacrosse Club.
Growing up, Martin's primary role on the lacrosse field was as a defender. But this year, she has transitioned to midfielder for the Cubs.
This season marks Martin's third year on varsity, after being the only the freshman to make the team in 2013. Martin has also lettered in field hockey and basketball since her freshman year.
Off the field and court, Martin serves as the secretary for the Georgetown Visitation Student Government and is a member of Buddies Against Drunk Driving.
The Cubs currently hold a 11-5 record and return to action against Potomac School April 23.
Press Box: How did you first become interested in playing lacrosse? What do you like most about the sport?
Lauren Martin: I became interested in lacrosse because my older sister played. She's eight years older than me and sometimes helped coach for the McClain Youth Lacrosse Program.
I like that lacrosse is such a fast moving game and is so competitive. I don't think I could play an individual sport or a sport where you are constantly standing. I always have to be moving.
PB: What are your plans for pursuing the sport after graduation next year?
LM: I am verbally committed to play at the University of Virginia. I committed the summer going into my sophomore year.
PB: What are you most looking forward to about playing at University of Virginia?
LM: The higher level of lacrosse -- there are games in my season now that are blowouts, but I don't think you will ever see that in college. In college, it's more contact and a faster pace game, which I think will make it more challenging and fun.
I am also looking forward to playing with some teammates from Visitation (Maggie Jackson, 2015 and Anna Hagerup, 2014). It will be nice to know familiar faces, especially when connecting on the field.
PB: What's special about this year's team at Georgetown Visitation?
LM: We have a pretty young team. We have six freshmen, which is not normal, but a lot of them have already stepped it up this year.
We also have a bunch of crucial seniors that are really important to our team this year and will be hard to lose next season. Maggie Jackson (Virginia) and Addie Zinsner (Yale) are some of our top scorers.
PB: What do you like most about playing at Georgetown Visitation?
LM: The Visitation community, as a whole, is really special. The tradition and pride that we have is something unique.
PB: What does the team need to do finish the final five games of the season strong?
LM: We've had a bunch of close games, so I think our best shot to have a successful rest of the season is to learn from the mistakes we made in those tough losses and fix them for our next tough games -- Holy Cross and St. Stevens.