High School Girls

Big Shots: Haley Sheehan, Great Valley (Pa.)

by Jeff Seidel | Special to Lacrosse Magazine Online

Temple-bound Haley Sheehan of Great Valley (Pa.) has managed 13 goals in the Patriots' last two games.

WHO SHE IS: Haley Sheehan plays attack and midfield for Great Valley in Malvern, Pa. She's a two-year starter who is headed to Temple University next year with hopes to join its women's lacrosse team as a walk-on. Sheehan is one of the Patriots' top offensive threats this season, helping Great Valley spring off to a 5-0 start. Sheehan will major in environmental studies and minor in political science at Temple.

WHAT SHE DID: Great Valley coach Joe Tornetta thought Sheehan had been pressing a bit in her first few games and sat the senior down before two games last weekend for a talk. His message was simple: relax. It got through, as Sheehan scored a total of 13 goals in two wins last week. She scored seven goals and added an assist in Friday's 19-5 rout of Avon Grove and added six more goals in Saturday's 18-7 victory over Spring-Ford.

WHY WE NOTICED: Sheehan had struggled a bit before the outburst, posting a total of four goals. But she agreed with Tornetta that too many things distracted her during games, and that the senior should just focus on her own job -- to score goals. Thirteen goals in two games will help any team. Sheehan said once she got rolling in Friday's game, everything took off from there. Her play against Avon Grove carried over the next day against Spring-Ford, when the Patriots got 16 goals in the first half. Sheehan scored six during the run.

WHAT SHE SAID: "[Tornetta] said I should step up and become a leader. I am supposed to be a leader, because I'm a senior and a captain. I just sort of went out and played, rather than get frustrated with things. I went with the flow. He said you've got to be like a goalie, and forget about the last play. This is the first time something like this has happened. I had one of the first goals on Friday, and that helped me get into my groove. My confidence was really boosted after the game on Friday, and I actually scored all six of my goals before halftime Saturday. I did miss two or three shots, but it felt like everything was going in."

WHAT'S NEXT: Sheehan and the Patriots are on the road Thursday at West Chester Henderson.

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