Amidst the Stetson lacrosse team’s first season in program history, many individuals have had standout campaigns while the Hatters still seek out their first victory. Freshman Maylis Broderick is one among them, leading Stetson with nine goals and two assists through 11 games.
Broderick, who is used to the new program’s unavoidable lack of early positive results, has scored in seven of Stetson’s last eight games, and has found the back of the net five times over the course of the Hatters’ last three outings.
Her high school career began similarly, as Gibbons High in Ft. Lauderdale didn’t have a lacrosse program until the year before Broderick’s freshman season. “In the beginning we struggled, but in my sophomore year we started making districts, and we made districts ever since,” Broderick said of her memories of high school lax.
“I’ve been part of a new program, so I know it’s not going to be all success the first year right away,” Broderick continued. “You have to work hard at it. We’re just keeping positive, and we know the results are going to get there. We’ll get there.”
Broderick shined in Stetson’s last home contest, as the midfielder scored three goals in a loss against Marist back on March 21. “What I’ve been trying to do is not get too much into my head about our record, and everything we’re trying to do as a program,” she said. “I’m just trying to take it one game at a time, and apply what I’m doing in practice into the games.”
Stetson head coach Nicole Moore couldn’t be happier with the play of Broderick thus far. “Her lacrosse IQ is really starting to grow, she’s extremely coachable, and with that I’ve seen her confidence grow,” the first year head coach said. “She’s taking what she needs to from us in order to become a better player. She’s able to do that because she’s open to the coaching points, or listening to her teammates. Her work ethic is 110 percent all the time.”
That’s exactly what Broderick feels the Hatters need to do as the Atlantic Sun Conference season begins. “If you take it one game at a time, and live in the moment, and go 110 percent, and play like you have nothing to lose, that’s when the results will come,” she said.
Like nearly all of the players on this first year team, Broderick is just a freshman. With the guidance of Coach Moore and assistant coach Brittany Dipper, and the growth of Broderick and her teammates, the Hatters are confident that the results will come. “She also has a level of potential that she hasn’t hit yet,” Moore said of Broderick. “I’m excited to see where she can go during her time here at Stetson.”
For now, the Hatters’ concentration is on the task at hand, the beginning of conference play. Stetson opens its four-game league schedule with a trip to A-Sun leading Jacksonville on Saturday. The Hatters and the Dolphins are scheduled to begin at 3:00 p.m. Stetson will then host Detroit and Kennesaw State before ending the regular season on the road at Howard.
This Saturday’s game at Jacksonville can be watched on ASun.TV. Live Stats will also be available at JUDolphins.com.