High School Girls

October 8, 2010

Give and Go: Taylor Trimble, Episcopal Academy (Pa.) and U.S. U19 Training Team Midfielder

by Paul Krome | Lacrosse Magazine Online Staff

Duke-bound Taylor Trimble, an admitted baseball fan, gave into lacrosse and has become one of the nation's top high school players. More photos below.

Episcopal Academy (Pa.) senior middie and 2011 U.S. Under-19 training team star Taylor Trimble went in front of the seamless at her school for the “Give and Go” feature in the October issue of Lacrosse Magazine, out now to the 300,000 members of US Lacrosse. Besides the standard G&G Q&As, Trimble dished on a number of other subjects, presented here on LaxMagazine.com. (Photos by Greg Carroccio.)

Who is your favorite athlete?

Shane Victorino. He’s a centerfielder for the Philadelphia Phillies. He’s won a World Series and is still hustling down the first-base line every time. I love how he plays. He’s always smiling. There’s all this hype about Chase Utley and some of the other guys, but he’s just really consistent.

What’s one thing you can’t live without?

My great dane Bella. She’s crazy. She’s 4. We got her when she was a puppy.

Who in lacrosse is destined to be a reality TV star?

Liz Robertshaw, the BU coach. She was one of the coaches at the U19 tryouts. That tryout was grueling. I’ve had her at Duke’s camp twice. She’s just hilarious. When she’s teaching us a play and we’re all supposed to be dead serious, we all just start laughing. It’s her delivery. She’s just so funny. She definitely kept the mood light at U19, which was really stressful.

Where did you go on your last vacation?

In August, I went to Martha’s Vineyard to visit a friend. This was my second year visiting her up there. She has an awesome house right on the water. It’s really nice in August, which is a down month for lacrosse. On the way to the beach, we pass where the president stays, but I always leave right before he gets there.

What’s one thing lacrosse really needs?

More televised college games, women’s for sure. I always get so excited when I hear about a women’s college game on TV because you don’t hear about that often. For younger girls, especially if they can’t always get to a game, that would spark a lot of interest in the game.

It’s 2020 — where are you and what are you doing?

Maybe married. I’d like to think I’d be married. There are so many things I’m interested in doing. I hope I’m in a fun city doing something that I really enjoy, hanging out with friends or maybe living with friends. I love medicine and economics.

What’s been the proudest moment of your lacrosse career?

Making the U.S. U19 team. All that hard work finally paid off. It was awesome being at the tryout with every single player and the top players in the country that you hear about — ‘Oh, she’s going here or she’s going there.’ It was great that we were all together trying to make one team. That was really cool, being named to that team.

Any pregame rituals?

I wear eyeblack for every single game. I always do just triangles. Last season for one of our big games I did triangles. I’m really superstitious so it just stuck. Pretty much every game of the season I wore it, but a lot of times it ends up on my jersey, after warm-ups. There’s really no point in wearing it.

What’s your favorite moment of a lacrosse game?

The first center draw. I normally take the draw. The first one sets the tone, and the adrenaline.

Overtime (from Stephen Berger, midfielder, Long Island Lizards): If you could play any of the big four sports (NBA, NFL, MLB or NHL), what would you play, what position and why?

I come from a baseball family — my dad and my brother. Probably baseball. Shortstop. You get most of the action. I’d rather play a summer sport. I love the atmosphere at baseball games. I played softball up until sixth grade. My mom played lacrosse at William & Mary. I kept telling her, ‘Mom, I’m not playing lacrosse. I’m not touching a lacrosse stick; I’m a softball player.’ Starting in middle school at Episcopal, I started to play lacrosse, and then I was done with softball.

Double Overtime (from Megan McDowell, Fayetteville, Ga.): What is your opinion about girls’ lacrosse adding helmets?

(groan) I hope they don’t resort to that. The officials are trying to tighten everything up to prevent that from happening. I don’t think they need to get to that point. I can’t imagine it. If you wear helmets, then you have to go to pads. It would just turn into guys’ lacrosse.

From Spencer Lee, Alpine, Utah: Who is your biggest personal rival?

With me, it’s myself. I put so much pressure on myself. More than coaches or anybody, I can be really hard on myself.

From Lizzy Herbst, Larchmont, N.Y.: If you were a 10-year-old, what lacrosse player would you look up to?

Caroline Cryer or Lindsay Gilbride. I remember the first time I went to the Duke camp, they play almost like they’re kids in the backyard. It could be a serious game, and they just look like they’re having so much fun. They’re stick skills are ridiculous. Even now, I try to do things that they do.

From Jordan Gross, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.: What game in your entire lax career sums up your career and why?

The US Lacrosse Women’s Division National Tournament, when Philly won the title. It was one of the closest games I’d ever played in, right up until the last second. It was cool playing with Philly girls against a hotbed like Baltimore or Long Island. It was the pinnacle of competition. I’m not sure if I can play in the seniors-only division in 2011. The U19 training team will have some things going on. But I would love to. It’d be fun for us to get back together and play again, if everyone came out.

From Jack Marshall, Biddleton, Maine: Favorite move?

I love being inside the 8 and going to the goal. Having that one step on a defender. I love outrunning someone, especially since I’m not considered a super fast player. I wish I had moves. I’ll work on that.

From Patrick Reed, West Haven, Conn.: If you could go back in time and participate in one lacrosse game that you didn’t play in, what game would it be?

I went to the UVA-Duke semifinal game at Penn in 2007. We left early because Duke was up big and we thought they had it. But Virginia ended up coming back and winning. I’d love to play in that game. The atmosphere was ridiculous. I don’t think I’ve played in a game that’s gone like that. I’d love to play in that game. (On which side?) Duke obviously. But in that situation, for Virginia, it’d be really cool to come back like that.

From Zach Chew, Dayton, Ohio: What non-lacrosse player would you like to be teammates with?

It would’ve been sick to play with Gary Gait. My friends went to the Syracuse camp and said that he was, even now, ridiculous. I remember watching MLL games with him. It’d be cool to play alongside someone like that, who has that presence. Or a Matt Danowski or a college player that’s really made a name for themselves.

Kassandra Lemons, Carlisle, Pa.: Are tattoos trashy?

That’s hard. I have some friends with tattoos. I don’t think they are, but I guess it depends on where they are. One of my friends survived cancer, and she has a cancer ribbon.

From Spencer Lee, Alpine, Utah: If you were to see one college team that is currently playing club field a varsity team, who would it be and why?

University of South Carolina. My friend really wants to go there. I was asking her if she was planning on playing, and she said that they only had club. Also, schools down south. That’d be cool. More teams in Florida would be cool.

From Nikki Ray, Liberty, N.C.: What’s one thing you would do differently in your lacrosse career?

Nothing. I don’t have regrets.

How did recruiting go?

It was really exciting. Kinda stressful, especially the spring going into junior year. I pretty much had it down to UVA and Duke. In July of going into junior year, I visited Duke and knew I wanted to go there. That sealed it. I was done at that point. I committed in early September.

Did you visit any other schools?

I visited Penn. It was just too close to home for me. It had nothing to do with anything. I’ve been in Philly my whole life. UVA I loved. I liked ACC, big-tradition teams. I had a specific school in mind. I knew I wanted to go south. When I visited Duke, I fell in love with it.

Why was recruiting stressful?

I remember the US Lacrosse National Tournament when I was a sophomore. I was playing with girls a grade above, like Kelyn Freedman. Hearing their stories about recruiting and how stuff happens where things fall through or you’re caught off guard with something — just hearing their stories was stressful. It was hard at the time because I couldn’t talk to any college coaches. So you’re hearing about all this and you just have to wait. And then the first game at National Tournament, every single coach I’d ever thought about was on the sidelines. They were all lined up and had their huge logos on, and that was literally terrifying.

Advice for kids going through recruiting?

Just have fun playing. Don’t get wrapped up in it. I remember my club coaches would say that there was a lot of college coaches here at a game, and I saw girls immediately tense up. Just try to forget about the people watching you. Have fun and play like it was a regular high school game. Don’t get caught up in the hype or what other people are doing.

Did you get seen in high school games or just club/summer?

Not high school as much. My cousin is four years older, and I remember coaches coming to high school games then. Our high school also is not a McDonogh (Md.) yet or a big-time team. But yeah, it was definitely club. And for girls, going to camps on the college campuses. For guys it’s about showcases. But for girls, coaches love to see you go to their camps so they can coach you and get a sense of you as a player.

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