BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Gov. Livingston girls lacrosse senior captain Stephanie Dowling has been named Delicious Heights Highlander Athlete of the Week for scoring six goals with five assists in the home opener 17-5 rout over Academy of St. Elizabeth.
"As a senior attacker, Steph has done a good job of applying the situational scenarios that we practice into her game play," said Gov. Livingston Coach Aileen Musynske. "She is a threat when she drives to goal but is also able to feed and look for cutters, which can be seen by her successful game against St. Elizabeth, compiling 6 goals and 5 assists."
"As a captain in her final season, it's clear that she wants to go far in both regular and post season play, so hopefully this is just the beginning of a good final season for her," said Musynske.
Dowling is nearing her 100th career goal milestone, scoring 88 goals with 143 points. Using her talented offensive touch, she has averaged 4 goals per game and notched 22 points to date this season.
She has experienced the progression to the GL program first hand -- the team went 2-13 her freshman season to finishing 12-6 last season, reaching the County Tournament semi-finals to fall to the talented fourth seeded Kent Place team. Dowling along with a few of her teammates were recognized and named to the 2015 1st Team All Colonial Conference.
Dowling has a competitiveness with a hunger to learn -- she pushes herself and leaves it all on the field.
The sportsmanship and camaraderie amongst her teammates has attributed to her dedication to the game she loves. "I've gained such good friendships throughout my years playing which has made it even more enjoyable," said Dowling. "I couldn't have done this without my teammates, especially fellow seniors Alice Caballero and Julia Gilpin, who I have been playing lacrosse with since elementary school. It is so hard to believe that this will be my last season playing with them."
She also credits Musynske and trusts her more than any coach she's had. "She brings great knowledge, enthusiasm, and intensity to our program," said Dowling. "She has helped me to grow as a player and is always there to boost my confidence and the team's." The respect is mutual.
Dowling will attend Susquehanna University in the fall and is committed to play lacrosse for the River Hawks.
Below are comments from Dowling regarding her past, present and future:
What is your team goal for this season?
Dowling: My team goal for this season is to win the conference, improve every game, and to have fun. Personally, I just want to improve every game, be a team player, and to help improve others around me.
Favorite high school lacrosse memory?
Dowling: My most memorable game has to be the Pope John game last year. We ended up winning 15-9. I came out of the game feeling really good with how I played and how my team played. I had four goals and three assists. I got to play some midfield and had two caused turnovers.
My favorite memory of GL lax was in a game last year, I assisted on Julia Martin's (2015) goal, which was her 200th career point, and that assist was actually my 100th career point. It was a really exciting moment and it was great to celebrate it with my teammates.
How have you grown as a player over your four year varsity career at GL?
Dowling: During my four years at GL, I think I've gained a lot more confidence as a player and helping my teammates improve also. My participation in club lacrosse and playing against some of the top programs in the country has helped me improve as well.
How will you prepare to play lacrosse at the collegiate level?
Dowling: Mentally, going into college lacrosse I have to keep my confidence up and physically, I have to train as hard off the field as I do on the field.
How did you choose Susquehanna University?
Dowling: I fell in love with the school when I visited as a junior and reached out to the coach to come to some of my recruiting tournaments. After that, I had the privilege to do an overnight this past October. When I went for my overnight, my coach actually handed me my acceptance letter, then I hung out with the team and they made me feel like I was already part of the team. Ever since that moment I knew this was the school for me.
What is your message to future Lady Highlander lacrosse players?
Dowling: Have fun in high school lacrosse and love every minute that you play. Be dedicated to lacrosse and the other sports that you play as well.
Delicious Heights Highlander Athlete of the Week is sponsored by Delicious Heights, a family restaurant with three locations; Berkeley Heights, Bedminster and Basking Ridge, where it is part of the Basking Ridge County Club operating a public restaurant with outdoor dining, and acting as the banquet caterer, boasting a facility with panoramic views of the sprawling golf course. Visit our website, www.deliciousheights.com for weekly specials including Wine & Whiskey Wednesdays, 1/2 Price Appetizers on Tuesdays and daily featured dinner and lunch specials. Delicious Heights....where our only limitations are yours!
Delicious Heights is located at 428 Springfield Avenue in Berkeley Heights. 908.464.3287; 285 Main Street in Bedminster. 908.234.1596; 185 Madisonville Road in Basking Ridge. 908.766.9499.
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