BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ—Senior lacrosse workhorse Meryl Schaffer has been named the Delicious Heights Athlete of the Week for her commitment to excellence and leadership, propelling her team to a strong (3-1) start for the 2017 Governor Livingston Girls’ Varsity Lacrosse season.

Schaffer’s two goals and four assists against Pequannock helped lift the Highlanders over their opponent, adding another win for GL’s record. Along with Schaffer’s skill on the field comes a great desire to lead and energize her teammates, who feed off of her energy.

“As a captain I feel like it’s my responsibility to make sure everyone loves playing the sport as much as I do. Therefore, I try to bring as much positive energy I can to practice and games.  Sometimes this results in extreme goofiness, but laughing is great,” Shaffer said, “I hope my enthusiasm has made being a part of the field hockey and lacrosse teams as enjoyable for my teammates as it was/is for me.”

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During the past four years, Schaffer has been an integral part of the varsity lacrosse team—a stout blockade for the team’s defense as well as key leader in crucial situations. Her enthusiasm has provided her with the title of co-captain for the squad. Not only does Schaffer hold a position as captain for the lacrosse team, but she also shared the same title on the Varsity Field Hockey Team in the fall season (during which, she was honored first team all-conference and second team all-county recognitions).

Schaffer’s leadership spans beyond the field, as her positions on GL’s Student Council, Link Crew, and TREND are a testament to her ability to lead as well as her unparalleled dedication and involvement in GL activities.

The four-year letter-winner will be attending Ross Business School at the University of Michigan in the fall, where she will bring her dynamism and enthusiasm to the Wolverine campus.

Below are questions regarding Schaffer’s past, present, and future:

TAPinto: When and why did you start playing lacrosse?

Schaffer: 8th grade. I think I started playing because I loved being a part of the travel basketball team and I wanted to get involved in more sports.

TAPinto: How have you grown as an athlete and leader throughout your time at GL?

Schaffer: Each year I've become more committed to lacrosse and field hockey. I was relatively new to both sports my freshman year, but I was lucky to have great upperclassmen like Julia Martin and Ryan Shepherd, who taught me the ins and outs of each sport. The skills and technique I've learned have helped me to grow and become a better player overall. 

TAPinto: What clubs are you involved in/what is your favorite and why?

Schaffer: I'm in Student Council, TREND, and Link Crew. My favorite club is Student Council because it involves a great amount of fundraising (which I love to do) and as Class President I have many opportunities to plan fun activities for the class. 

TAPino: What do you like to do outside of the classroom?

Schaffer: I love meeting new people and actively look for new experiences, so outside of school I do volunteer service work through my church and spend time with family and friends. I also go on hikes and spend time outside as often as possible. :)

TAPinto: What is your pregame ritual? Is there any one song you listen to before you play?

Schaffer: Like most athletes, I love to listen to pump up jams, especially the Fast and Furious soundtrack, before getting on the field. But I always find that the best way to get into an intense game play mood is through cheering on my teammates and getting them pumped.

TAPinto: What’s your favorite part about lacrosse?

Schaffer: The electricity on the field and the rush of excitement that I feel after scoring a goal.

TAPinto: Will you play club/intramural sports at University of Michigan?

Schaffer: I would love to continue playing sports at Michigan but I will most likely participate in intramural sports because I want to explore other activities too :).

TAPinto: What do you plan on studying at Michigan?

Schaffer: Business at the Ross School of Business (with a focus on International Business and working with nonprofits) and considering a minor in public health.

Editor's Note: Lauren Boyd is a senior at Gov. Livingston High School participating in the TAPinto Berkeley Heights Intern Program. To learn more about the program, contact bpeer@tapinto.net.

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