Before Laura Crawford‘s final game with the Crash Lacrosse Club, Coach Sarah Burrowbridge made a deal with the players. Whoever had the most dominant performance — not necessarily by goals or assists — would win a pair of sweatpants.
Crawford ended up scoring 12 goals that game, which wasn’t exactly a surprise. Though quiet off the field, the Yorktown senior has a competitive streak that’s unmatched by most of her peers, and it was on full display in the sweatpants sweepstakes.
“She sees things before anyone else sees them,” Burrowbridge said. “She takes the ball and scores before anyone realizes she’s taken off.”
Crawford, who last week signed a letter-of-intent to play for the University of Pennsylvania, has been a dominant scorer at Yorktown since joining the junior varsity team in middle school. That’s despite tearing her torn anterior cruciate ligament in eighth grade; she scored 48 goals as a freshman and made the Under Armour all-American team that summer.
The 5-foot-4 speedy midfielder has improved each year, regaining the explosiveness lost with the knee injury while developing the stick skills required to weave through double-teams.
When Crawford was recovering from the knee injury, she still attended all the club team functions, and did so with a stick in her hand. Upon returning to the field, her skills had improved so much that someone asked whether she was right or left-handed, Burrowbridge said.
Crawford is a three-time team MVP at Yorktown and has led the Patriots in scoring each year. She recorded 82 goals, 25 assists, 51 ground balls and 91 draw controls to lead the Patriots (10-8) last season and has 189 goals in three seasons.
Patriots Coach Crystal Fraser described her as scrappy and relentless, while Crawford attributes her scoring prowess to her quick feet.
“That’s what gets you scoring opportunities and gets you around defenders,” Crawford said.
Crawford, an All-Met honorable mention, has been racking up accolades the past few years. Last year she was a US Lacrosse all-American — a first for the Yorktown’s girls’ lacrosse program, Fraser said. The Ivy League-bound senior was also a US Lacrosse all-academic selection, and is well on her way to breaking 200 goals in her senior season.
“It’s not a priority,” she said. “Just winning games and getting the team to work together to win games.”
NUMBER CRUNCH: 2,000
Point milestone broken by Gonzaga basketball All-Met senior Chris Lykes.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
It’s a light night tonight, but we’ll have a full slate of games, meets and championships this weekend, including Saturday’s boys’ basketball showdown between No. 1 Rock Creek Christian (21-0) and No. 2 Wise (13-0). In the meantime, visit AllMetSports for winter sports notebooks and rankings, and be on the lookout for a feature on one of the best girls’ local basketball programs ever assembled.