It’s amazing how far some of our students travel each day for an OLMA education. For Sophomore Mary Meduri, it’s two hours a day. That’s the time it takes for her bus to make the round trip from Columbus to OLMA. Mary says she doesn’t mind it all. In fact, she enjoys catching a few more minutes of shut eye — something that can only help now that it’s lacrosse season.
While Mary didn’t choose OLMA because of lacrosse, it was a major added bonus. In OLMA, she got the small school she was looking for, plus the chance to shine on the field — and shine she has. Last season, Mary scored a total of 58 goals — breaking the record for an OLMA freshman. If you know Mary, you may find it hard to believe that the same quiet and shy girl we see by day is anything but that on the lacrosse field.
“Mary is not only a talented lacrosse player but she is also an exceptional young woman,” said Coach Valore. “A natural athlete with a infectious positive attitude, Mary has the ability to make those around her better and she is emerging as a valuable leader for our team on and off the field.”
Mary, who started playing lacrosse in second grade, adores her coaches and feels like the addition of Ms. Valore has brought them closer as a team. “Our practices are very productive and we’ve added Saturdays and lots of new drills,” says Mary. “Our coaches want nothing more than to see us succeed.”
As she looks to the future, lacrosse is definitely in her plans. Mail is already arriving from prospective schools, but she’s not ready to make that decision quite yet. For now, her focus is on her game. The team had its first scrimmage of the season earlier this week — and were victorious!