STANHOPE, N.J -- When Lauren Power scored the 50th goal of her lacrosse career two years ago, she started doing the math.
"When I got my 50th I was a sophomore, so I was like, okay I'm halfway to 100 and have two more years,'' said Power, now a senior at Union Catholic. "So I just kind of made it a personal goal to try to get to 100.''
Power came into this season needing 15 goals to hit that huge milestone.
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"I've kind of had a countdown in my head going this season,'' said Power. "I just couldn't wait to get it.''
That countdown finally ended for Power on Monday when she scored twice in the first half in a 12-9 loss at Lenape Valley to give her exactly 100 goals in her remarkable career.
After getting her 99th goal in the first minute of the game, Power notched No. 100 later in the opening half when she made a quick move to her right to beat her defender, and flicked the ball into the top corner of the net. She was immediately swarmed by her teammates when the ball went in.
"I was so happy,' said Power. "Scoring 100 goals was just such a very rewarding moment. I told my teammates that I never could have accomplished this without them.''
Power, who plans to major in nursing at Quinnipiac, scored 24 goals as a freshman in 2016, 37 as a sophomore, 24 last year, and now she has 15 goals so far this season.
"I've been playing lacrosse since the third grade, so it's been my entire life,'' said Power. "It's something that just came naturally to me from the first time I started playing.''
Power said she had some extra butterflies in her stomach prior to the start of Monday's game.
"Before the game I was so nervous,'' said Power. "I obviously knew that I needed two goals, and we were going up a against a good goalie, who got the 600th save of her career in the game. I really wanted to get the two goals because everyone kind of expected me to. I was overthinking it, and had some good chances that were saved. but I kept telling myself that I'm going to do it today. I'm just so exciting to finally get to 100, and I feel relieved now that I didn't have that pressure any more.''