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This memory of Sandeep's is my favorite. It was the game she had made her 100th goal of the season and won the 100th goal award. It was such an amazing achievement that is only possible through handwork and dedication. I love this memory because if it wasn't for Sandeep, I never would have been introduced to lacrosse. She taught me how to play and I immediately fell in love with the sport.

“Sandeep, you have 5 minutes! You’re going to be late!”
“Okay, okay I’m coming!” Sandeep yells down to her mother as she’s rushing around her room trying to find her lacrosse uniform and get her bag all packed.
It was Sandeep’s senior day lacrosse game, and what a perfect day is was. It was an early spring morning. The sun was bright and growing stronger. The air was damp from the overnight dew, the birds were chirping loud from the trees. As Sandeep packed her lacrosse bag, she began to feel the nerves. Her stomach began filling with butterflies. Not only was it senior day, but it was Sandeep’s last chance to achieve her 100th goal of the season. She was at 96 goals and only needed 4 more to get this award, and the pressure was on. 

“Good luck, honey. We will all be there cheering you on soon. You’re going to play great as per usual!” Sandeep’s mother was always so encouraging with everything she did. No matter what her hobbies or interests were, her mother always stood by her as her #1 fan. 

As Sandeep drove up the long entrance to the back of the school where the turf field was located, she saw her team already starting to stretch and warm up. She quickly grabbed her bag and ran onto the turf. “Hey, Sandeep! You ready to get this 100th goal or what?” her teammate asked excitedly. “Ahh, I really hope so” Sandeep replied nervously. 

Sandeep had come close to this goal in past years. She was at 97 goals by her last game last season. She told herself that she would get this award next season. She worked hard in the off season She trained with the trainers to work on speed and agility, but most importantly working on her stick skills. She was so close to achieving this goal and so determined. Nothing was stopping her.

This was a tough game. The score stayed relatively close throughout the course of the game. It was now 14-12, and Sandeep’s team was winning. There was 8 minutes left in the game. Sandeep has scored 3 goals already. She had plenty of time to get one more. 2 minutes left in the game now. Sandeep got ready for the face off. Once that whistle blew, she snatched that ball in midair and began sprinting down the field, cradling the ball in her stick. Although physically exhausted, Sandeep’s adrenaline rush was at an all-time high. She got down the field dodging all the defenders that came barreling toward her. It was just her and the goal. Only person between her and that goal was the goalie. As Sandeep approached the goal, she pump-faked the goalie & fired her shot. The referees blew their whistle. It was a goal. After all the hard work and effort Sandeep put in, she finally made it. She could hear her mother in the stands cheering and shouting for Sandeep, her #1 fan her whole life.

100th Goal

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2014
Cumberland Valley High School

This memory of Sandeep's is my favorite. It was the game she had made her 100th goal of the season and won the 100th goal award. It was such an amazing achievement that is only possible through handwork and dedication. I love this memory because if it wasn't for Sandeep, I never would have been introduced to lacrosse. She taught me how to play and I immediately fell in love with the sport.

Decade: 2010s
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Recorded by julia macaulay on April 29, 2019
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