The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


July 28, 2013

H.S. lacrosse: Selinsgrove's Stroup, Lewisburg's Gotoff earn Player of Year honors


She played both center and midfield this season and won 49 draw controls, scored 52 goals and added 10 assists to lead the Green Dragons to the first-ever appearance in the state playoffs to earn the Girls Player of the Year.

Her two older brothers, James (Class of 2008) and Samuel (2010), also played lacrosse for the Green Dragons.

"My dad and brothers taught me how to play the game while I was in middle school and I was also playing soccer at the time, but it was in the eighth grade that I switched to lacrosse on full-time basis," she said.

During this summer, Gotoff is playing for the Xtreme Lacrosse travelling team out of Lancaster.

"It was really exciting," she said of this past season. "We had the same team as we did last year where we would win the hard games during the season and in the playoffs, we kind of choked."

"This year, we were more of a team than the past two years and our mind-set was that we were going to win it (districts) for the people who already graduated."

Gotoff notched a goal in the loss to Seminary.

"Our goal was to win the district title this year and we had a lot of seniors on the team (14) and it was great to win districts and go on," she said. "We've lost to Seminary before so we knew how hard of a state playoff game this was going to be.

"We want to win districts again," she said of the team's goal for next year. "We're going to have a lot of new players, but I think we can get as far as we did this year."

Gotoff noted that her game has improved since she was a freshman when she didn't take draw controls.

"I think I could improve more on getting the draw to myself or directing where it goes on the off-circle and directing the defense as well."

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