by Jeff Seidel | Special to Lacrosse Magazine Online
WHO SHE IS: Lauren Natale, from Harrison High School in Kennesaw, Ga. She plays on offense and recently signed a Letter of Intent to play at Fresno State University in Califonia starting next fall. The senior will study photojournalism in college and has been playing lacrosse since sixth grade. Colleges at all levels recruited her until she picked Fresno.
WHAT SHE DID: Natale supplied plenty of offense last week, as the Hoyas split two games. She had three goals and two assists in a 15-14 loss to Sprayberry. But Natale helped Harrison do a little better against McEachern, scoring four goals and handing out two assists in a 17-6 romp. She now has 47 goals and 22 assists this season for the 8-7 Hoyas. Natale is averaging over three goals per game and scored six in one game this year despite having to contend with double-teams more often than earlier in her career. Opponents are watching more closely.
WHY WE NOTICED: Natale has been a powerful offensive threat throughout her four-year varsity career. Natale is Harrison's all-time leading scorer and set a school record for most goals in a season (64) last year. She's been named to All-County, All-State and Southeast Region US Lacrosse teams. Natale is a captain on this year's team and plays on the X-Team (club team) in the offseason. She's hoping to help the struggling Hoyas (8-7 this year) get on a roll in time for the playoffs, where they lost in the first round last year.
WHAT SHE SAID: "It's been a tough season, because we've lost a lot of seniors from last year. It's been a rebuilding year and a struggle. We're pulling together now at the end of the season. I think I've improved tremendously since my freshman year, and I hope I keep improving in college. The team's very supportive of each other. No one's considered a ballhog on our team. We all want to win. I've had to do more passing this year because [I've been] double-teamed more. That's where the assists come in. It's taught me to be a smarter player."
WHAT'S NEXT: Harrison returns to action next Thursday, April 16, against Woodward Academy.
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