She’ll Play D1 Lacrosse at Duke University
Currently a Junior at Kettle Run High School, Morgan R. has always tried just about every sport: baseball, soccer, swimming, skiing, snowboarding, basketball, field hockey, lacrosse; and been successful at it. A bit more focused now, she plays Field Hockey and Lacrosse for Kettle Run HS and Travel Lacrosse for Cardinal Girls Lacrosse Club.
What became evident is that lacrosse is her true love, and it shows in the accolades she’s received:
· In the last 2 years, as an individual player she has been named a Brine All-American twice
· Under Armour All-American Uncommitted Team member
· Asked to represent the Metro DC Region in the National School Girls Tournament.
· As a member of the Kettle Run High School Lacrosse team, she has been named MVP, Offensive Player of the Year twice, 1st Team All-District twice, Evergreen Athletic Conference Player of the Year, 1st Team All VHSL Region II twice, the VHSL Region II Player of the Year, and the Fauquier Times-Democrat 2013 Lacrosse Athlete of the Year.
It seems only natural that she takes her love for the game and her extraordinary talent to the next level – Collegiate Lacrosse. As many parents of young athletes know, collegiate recruiting starts early – too early some think. A critical recruiting time period in girl’s lacrosse is the fall tournament season of their sophomore year. In Morgan’s case, this was fall of 2012. She had been fortunate to have never experienced the pain and frustration of not playing due to injury – that is, until October 2012. In the middle of a tournament she ruptured her apophosytis iliac crest due to something we see all too often – an overuse injury. In plain English, her previously fused growth plate in her hip had come un-fused and was fractured in two places. While surgery was unnecessary, Morgan faced a lot of physical therapy, rest and rehab.
The disappointing reality had set in about missing the critical Fall Tournament season and the upcoming basketball season. Morgan was devastated with the prospect of being sidelined when she should be playing in front of collegiate coaches. According to Morgan’s mom, Dona, “In came Next Level to the rescue…! After a few one-on–one sessions with Colby, she was on her way to healing.” Dona adds “All the trainers at Next Level Training were so knowledgeable, supportive and consistent that it took less time than any of us expected to get Morgan back on the field. After numerous hours with the talented staff, hard work and lots of TLC, by the spring 2013 season, Morgan was at 100% and determined to make up for lost time!”
In August 2013, Morgan was offered a scholarship and made a verbal commitment to play Women’s Lacrosse at Duke University.
It’s worth noting here that Dona has some great insight into the realities of parenting a college-bound athlete, and why performance training is an essential component in the athlete’s arsenal: Any Division I athlete needs to be more than just talented in their sport. The schools are too competitive to rely on brilliant coaching and God-given talent. Successful athletes and teams need more. They need to be stronger, faster, more agile, smarter, and physically healthier. Next Level Fitness knows this and is constantly focused on not only rehabilitation and getting stronger, but how to avoid getting injured in the first place. Morgan healed well and we’re grateful that there are no lasting weaknesses, but an even more important aspect in her career, is that because she continued to off-season train at Next Level, she is a healthier complete athlete. She has significantly reduced the chance of injury to herself due to the knowledgeable training she received at Next Level. Without a doubt, she could not have performed her absolute best last year when it was critical to her future, if it weren’t for the expertise and guidance she received at Next Level Training.