Student athlete profile - Angie Conley

Angie Conley


Clarendon Hills

How did you start playing lacrosse?

I originally played lacrosse in third grade through the rec league. I just didn't love it, so I ended up quitting. I came back to it heading into eighth grade. I tried out for the club team (Lakeshore Lacrosse) and I now play on it and it just stuck.

What do you enjoy most about the sport?

The friendships and connections I've made over the years. Lacrosse is such a community because it's pretty new to the Midwest. You're making best friends for life.

What is the most challenging part of playing midfield?

Definitely the back and forth. You have to have a lot of endurance and speed.

How have you improved since your freshman year?

I think I've developed a better sense of what my strengths and weaknesses are on the field. I know how to capitalize on my strengths and continue to work on my weaknesses. I would also say in the time I've been here, I've learned a lot about the game and it's taught me a lot about how the game is played at higher levels.

What kind of example do you try to set as captain?

The most important thing in my opinion is getting the players that might come off the bench or haven't contributed recently fired up and get them going. While you obviously want to have a great game for yourself, at the end of the day, it's a team sport.

What is your goal for the season?

As a team obviously after last year we want to bring home a state title. That's the end all, be all goal. As an individual goal, I just want to work on understanding every player. I want to be there for the whole team as a captain.

What are your plans for the fall?

I'm going to Notre Dame and I'm playing lacrosse there. As of right now I'm in the business school, but I don't have super distinct plans yet occupation wise.

Why does coach Matt McNiff like having Conley on the team?

We enjoy having her on the team due to her leadership skills along with her strong attitude to win. She is like having a coach on the field. She knows the game so well, but, more importantly, she loves the game.

- profile by Pamela Lannom, photo by Jim Slonoff

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Pamela Lannom is editor of The Hinsdalean