As a player who has been with the Orange Lutheran girls lacrosse program since its inception in 2018, Brooklyn Anthony found herself in a tough spot last spring when both her high school and club lacrosse seasons came to a halt due to the Covid-19 pandemic. But she made the most of her newly acquired free time by increasing her skills in preparation for her return to the field.
“It was really upsetting not being able to do the one thing that was keeping me happy,” says Anthony. “So I made sure to put in my own time. I really made sure that if I wasn’t going to have a practice, I was still going to put in the work. I learned to do what I could with the situation so I could better myself.”
With spring sports given the go-ahead to play full seasons this year, Anthony is excited to be able to play alongside her teammates for her senior season.
“I think for us, it’s more than just winning games,” says the 18-year old. “It’s growing as players and as a team so that we can have fun while doing it. Even if we lose, I think we’ve done a good job of growing in our games. And that’s always been our main goal – growth and having fun.”
Anthony feels that the team’s overtime win versus Woodbridge early in the season was just what she and her teammates needed to prove to themselves that they can compete at a high level.
“I still can’t wrap my head around the progress that the whole program has made, especially with [head coach Alexandra Kyte],” says Anthony. “She’s put every bit of free time she has into it. She has made this team a family and has excelled us into places I never thought I would see. Everyone has realized that we have so much potential. I have a feeling it’s going to be one of the top programs.”
As a midfielder who enjoys being in the center of all the action, Anthony has been integral to the success of the Lancer girls lacrosse program and will leave a legacy of leadership and dedication as she moves on to the University of Utah in the fall.
“Brooklyn is a leader both and off the field,” says Kyte. “At the end of every game, there is no doubt that she left everything on the field. Brooklyn's willingness to practice on her own, watch film and increase her sport IQ is what every coach can only dream of having in an athlete. She sets the example for what hard work and dedication should look like as a student athlete at Orange Lutheran. As much as it will be difficult to lose her after this season, I am so excited to see what she will do next year at University of Utah.”
Anthony is not only a captain for the varsity squad, but is also a member of the OLu’s Business Academy and is serving as senior class president during this unique year. Despite the challenges the last 15 months have brought, she considers faith and family to be at the heart of what it means to be a Lancer.
“It’s more than just having a cross on the back of your jersey – that’s who we’re playing for,” says Anthony. “It’s more than winning. We play for God, and we always cheer family. Every single one in the program, whether it’s JV or varsity, is my family.”
Anthony will study nursing at University of Utah as well as play club lacrosse. In citing a significant role model, she looks no further than the coach and art teacher she sees every day.
“She is like a big sister to me,” Anthony says of Kyte. “She’s always there for me. And it’s not just me. She puts the whole team above herself. She’s taught me how unselfish people can be, because she’s sacrificed so much for this program. I want to be like her someday.”