High School Girls

Big Shots: Maura Maher, Greensburg Central (Pa.)

by Jeff Seidel | Special to Lacrosse Magazine Online

Junior Maura Maher has scored 23 goals in five games for Greensburg Central (Pa.) Catholic, which is in its first season of varsity girls' lacrosse in the WPIAC.

WHO SHE IS: Maura Maher is a junior who plays close attack for Greensburg (Pa.) Central Catholic’s lacrosse team. This is her third year on the team, which is now officially a varsity team for the first time and not a club squad, and she’s been playing lacrosse since middle school. In addition, Maher plays on the school’s volleyball team, serving as an outside hitter. The Centurians will rely on Maher heavily for offense this spring, as well as leadership, as GCC has a lot of young players.

WHAT SHE DID: Maher has already had a few very good games this season. The most recent was on Wednesday when she scored six goals -- and GCC needed all of them -- to pull out an 11-11 tie with Yough. It moved the Centurians to 3-1-1  this season. Maher now has 23 goals in five games. Just as impressive was her eight-goal effort in a 13-12 victory over Hempfield Area earlier this month.

WHY WE NOTICED: GCC desperately needed someone to step up and fill the void after the loss of top scorer Emily Evans. Evans scored 50 goals last year but tore her ACL during soccer in the fall. Despite recently returning, Evans can play limited minutes, and Maher’s offense gives the Centurians the punch they need. Maher has already scored 23 goals this year after getting 20 last season, finishing as the team’s No. 2 scorer behind Evans. That offensive outburst is even more important considering GCC moved into varsity competition and is playing an official WPIAC section schedule.

WHAT SHE SAID: "Before, we were just a club team. This is our first year, and we wanted to do well. We work really well as a team. A lot of people have been stepping up and, being younger players, we want to shoot, but we’re trying to slow down our offense. We weren’t all that synchronized before, but we learn from each other and help each other. I try to be a leader on close offense and get people to work up to their full potential. When I’m having a bad game, I can depend on my teammates to bring me up, and if they’re having a tough game, I try to help them. We’re doing well now. We’re playing a lot of the same teams as before; the games just didn’t count then."

WHAT'S NEXT: GCC hits the road to play Greensburg Salem at 4 p.m. Thursday. The Centurians then host Greater Latrobe Friday at 6.

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