Mavs’ Sweeney once again proved she’s one of state’s – and nation’s – best
by Ron Brown
In all fairness, it would’ve been difficult for Marvin Ridge junior Mikayla Sweeney to trump what she did as a sophomore when she first earned Union County Weekly Girls Lacrosse Player of the Year honors. As a 10th-grader, Sweeney tallied 66 goals and 29 assists and established herself as one of the top players in the state.
But rather than rest on last year’s laurels, Sweeney took her career to the next level this spring as she surpassed her goal total from a year ago (72). And although Marvin Ridge didn’t officially track assists this spring, Sweeney emerged as one of the top playmakers in the area, often fighting through defenses that double- and triple-teamed her to find teammates for wide-open goals. For her efforts, Sweeney earned an honorable-mention nod on US Lacrosse’s All-American team and was named Conference 9 co-player of the year, along with Weddington’s Kayla Wynne, Cuthbertson’s Kelley Belue and Charlotte Catholic’s Jena Ready. Now, she can add 2011 Union County Weekly Girls Lacrosse Player of the Year honors to the list.
According to Mavs’ coach Ashley Mitchiledes, Sweeney’s team-first approach, which often gets overshadowed by her lofty scoring totals, is what makes her such a special player.
“Mikayla is so much more concerned with making her teammates score than herself,” Mitchiledes said. “She doesn’t talk about herself, she doesn’t worry about scoring on the field. All she wants to do is make her team better and she does it with hard work and a great attitude.”
This spring, Sweeney committed to Virginia Tech over Ohio State, Florida, High Point and Richmond. Once there, she hopes to reunite with her sister Rachel, a former Mavs star who played for two years at South Carolina’s Presbyterian College but recently decided to transfer to Virginia Tech. But before that can happen, Sweeney has some more goals to accomplish.
“The only thing that I have left is to have our team make it to the state championship and to achieve All-American status next year,” she said.
At this point, it would be hard to doubt her.