PARKLAND, FL- Two Stoneman Douglas Lacrosse teammates and friends have achieved their goal of playing Division I Lacrosse. Lauren Figas and Sammy Fisher, both juniors at MSD, have verbally committed to play lacrosse at Division I Universities. Figas has committed to Louisville and Fisher to Elon University.
Figas, a midfielder, has been striving for excellence in lacrosse for many years, dating back to her introduction to lacrosse at age 5. She began to play competitively soon after she found success recreationally, and ultimately followed her coach to play for the Madskills Epic Travel Team. Figas was named to the Florida National Team and a Lacrosse All-American by US Lacrosse. Louisville was Figas' top choice for both academics and playing lacrosse. "I have been working very hard to make my dream become reality. When I visited the beautiful school, I fell in love with it. It is such an amazing school for athletics along with rich academics," said Figas. "On the tour I also had a meeting with the coach, had a photo shoot, and got to do some team bonding while attending a football game." Hard work and support from family and friends have helped propel Figas to her goals. My greatest influences are God, my coaches, and family. My coaches have pushed me very hard to get to where I am now. My family is always there to support me and believe in me," added Figas.
Midfielder Sammy Fisher has been playing competitive lacrosse for close to four years and is also part of the Florida Select 2021 Travel Team. She was also part of The South Florida National Team. Elon University was a dream and goal that Fisher has been working and striving towards. "Whenever I was at practice with my team or practicing on my own, I would remember that this is what I am working for. I always gave it 110% on the field and will continue to do so. I put all my heart into working towards this goal," said Fisher. "I have toured Elon University multiple times, and I love it more each time I go. I have met the coaches, Coach Hexter, Coach Roberts, and Coach Olsen, and I find we each have a great bond. I met the team recently as well. They were all so welcoming and made me feel at home as soon as I stepped onto campus. I am thrilled to be able to call Elon my home." Fisher attributes her success to her family and coaches. "The most influential people in helping me reach my goal would be my Dad, my travel coaches, John McClain and Corey Engelhard and high school coaches Kristina Stein and Anthony LoFurno. They push me as if there is no limit, and they always motivate me in the best way possible. My dad is my biggest role model. He is always there for me and never fails to support me," stated Fisher.
Both girls are excited for their future at MSD and furthering their lacrosse careers at their schools of choice. "This season for MSD I am looking forward to the new team and a new season. Each season brings something different. This season should be very fun," said Figas. "I am looking forward to playing with the incoming freshman and the rest of the returning team. I love how well the team bonds together, and how we always take that team bond onto the field. I am excited to again compete against some top teams this season," added Fisher.
Figas and Fisher will take to the field with their Stoneman Douglas teammates when the high school lacrosse season begins in January.