McAuley Lions Fall Athlete of the Year

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  • SMAA all-star, second-team

  • SMAA All-Academic team

  • Captain

A unique talent and leader, Lake’s excellence this fall couldn’t be adequately quantified (unlike in the spring when she’s a lacrosse goal scoring machine), but her play helped the Lions be competitive in virtually every game.

Lake, a South Portland resident, came to McAuley as a freshman and quickly made her mark on the soccer program. She was an all-star as a junior and despite battling through injuries at times this fall, came up big time and again.

Lake was the Lions’ stopper and she exemplified that role, consistently frustrating standout players from other teams. She also saw time at midfield and helped McAuley transition to offense.

Lake did manage to tickle the twine once and she also had an assist. The Lions just missed making the playoffs, but it was an enjoyable season nonetheless.

“It was a fun season,” said Lake. “Beating Cheverus was key. I hurt my left foot with only two games left, so I wanted to play (at the end). I scored my first goal of the season in the last game (against Westbrook).”

Lake, who calls lacrosse her top sport (she was McAuley’s Spring Athlete of the year after scoring 61 goals), has also dabbled in golf during her high school years. She’s the president of the Varsity Club, belongs to the Art, Social Media and Spanish Clubs and is a school ambassador.

She is still finalizing her college plans (Fordham University in New York City is her top choice), but she plans to study psychology and hopes to play lacrosse at the club level.

Her impact on the pitch can’t be properly described. Katherine Lake, McAuley’s Fall Athlete of the Year, did a little bit of everything and exemplified the term student-athlete.

Coach Vince Aceto‘s comment: “Katherine has been instrumental and I can honestly say she’s the reason the program has remained competitive. A lot of coaches have told me I’m a very lucky coach to have this type of student-athlete this year. I just smile and say with a very heavy heart, ‘You should have seen her the other three years.’ Her leadership was evident from her first day as a freshman. Her soccer ability might not get headlines, because she’s doing the little things only the purists can see. She has a very calming leadership skill which gets the other gals to buy in. I never had a player motivate me to look forward to coming to the field every day. We’ll miss her, but I’m very sure she left a lasting impression on the underclassmen on the team as well as her fellow classmates at school.”

Prior winners:

2012: Adele Werner (Cross country)

2011: Molly Miller (Soccer)

2010: Maura Esten (Soccer)

2009: Lauren Fecteau (Cross country)

2008: Olivia Mackenzie (Cross country)

2007: Olivia Mackenzie (Cross country)

2006: Mikayla Call (Soccer)

2005: Abby Iselborn (Cross country)

2004: Jill Johnson (Cross country)

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