Girls Varsity Lacrosse · PALMER GLAX: TO OUR SENIORS


Today, our five Seniors should be stepping onto the field to begin their Senior Game. A game where all eyes would be on them as their loved ones walked them out on the field at halftime. A game where they would receive roses, balloons, hugs, and gifts from their teammates, coaches, and families. A game where they would have left everything out on the field, finishing their Senior year by leaving their mark on the Palmer Girls Lacrosse Program.

But due to COVID-19, the 2020 season was cut short, and our Seniors were unfortunately not able to play in possibly the most important game of their lives. Even so, they still lead their team with pride, honor, and strength through this time! They all have contributed so much to the program, and for that, we would like to recognize and celebrate each and every one of them on their Lacrosse Senior Night!

#9 JAIDEN JONES // Midfield

PALMER HIGH SCHOOL

What are you plans for after high school?

Study massage therapy and sign language

How will you spend your summer?

I will spend the summer preparing for the rest of my life while taking care of my fur baby and watching him grow. I will also take this time and have fun with my family, especially my not-so-little, little brother

What is your favorite memory from Palmer Lacrosse?

My favorite memory was when we had a game, and it started snowing. It was so much fun. I’ve never experienced a game like that before.

What will you miss most about Palmer Lacrosse?

How close and nice the team is and just how amazing it feels to play.

 If you could give one piece of advice to your teammates, what would it be?

Have fun. Everything is better when you’re having fun. Play every game like it’s your last because you never know when it will be your last.

 Any other comments, memories, stats, games, practices, etc., info you want to include:

I wish I would have played sooner, but the time that I did play, I’m glad I got to play and meet my team; they are amazing.

COACH’S COMMENTS: Jaiden is the fastest girl I’ve ever seen in my entire life. When coaches first saw her run, we both looked at each other, speechless, and knew she was a game-changer. When we first started teaching Jai lacrosse, we had to put everything in basketball terms, and it instantly clicked with her. She became our leading scorer her first year ever playing lacrosse! My favorite part was hearing other opposing coaches yell, “Do not let #9 get the ball!” and then Jai would immediately get the ball and score. It was awesome! She is unstoppable on the field, and she can score any time she wants to. She is a sweetheart, encourages her team to work hard, and always is one to step up and be a leader. We love her very much, and she has been a joy to be around. I will never forget her first game when her mom told me (after we won in OT), “I was cheering and screaming; I don’t know what was going on, but I was cheering and screaming!” 😂 Jaiden, we will miss you and your clutch scoring so much, and thank you for being an incredible teammate!

 

#13 SAMANTHA DALTON // Midfield

CORONADO HIGH SCHOOL

What are you plans for after high school?

I am committing to CU Boulder to study neuroscience, and from then I will hopefully be going to med school to become a neurosurgeon.

How will you spend your summer?

I’ll either be working so I can afford to go to college, or I’ll be spending my time with my family and friends.

What is your favorite memory from Palmer Lacrosse?

I truly can not think of a single moment that is my favorite. There have been too many crazy, fun, stupid things that I’ve experienced these past two years, and I’ve loved all of them. My favorite thing to come out of lacrosse has been the friendships, though.

What will you miss most about Palmer Lacrosse?

Our family. We all genuinely support one another like a true family. I will also miss our wonderful, amazing coaches. Kelly and Kelty have been two of the best coaches I have ever had. They get down to business, but they’re also so much fun, and they can occasionally be incredibly funny.

If you could give one piece of advice to your teammates, what would it be?

Keep working. Push your limits because if you don’t try harder, you’ll stay the same, and change/development is what’s noticed.

Any other comments, memories, stats, games, practices, etc., info you want to include:

I remember one of our games last season; it was when Ellie got to make her first goal. We all literally worked so hard as a team, and to see Ellie’s face brighten up even more than usual was just amazing.

I also remember when I first met Maddie. I thought, “Who let this weirdo play lacrosse?” But ever since, Maddie has been my favorite teammate because she brings great energy to the field no matter what’s going on in her life.

One day over winter break 2019, I was so anxious to start LAX again that I started to go look at my stats, just for grins and giggles, but I found out that I got player of the game against Liberty, and I didn’t even know about it. I still don’t even know what I did that game to get that, but I’m still very grateful for whatever I did.

I’ll miss LAX so much. Thank you all for everything you’ve done.

COACH’S COMMENTS: Sam easily has the best endurance on our team, and she’s fearless. I’m literally scared of her. She’s a beast, and she doesn’t stop when she’s coming at you, so just move. Do yourself a favor, and just move. Sam is always one to remind her teammates to work harder, run faster, be better. Sam had no problem when we asked her to take draw during her second game ever, and ever since then, she has been incredible at it. We have loved her blunt approach at everything and will truly miss her competitiveness. She doesn’t care if we’re up by 10 or down by 10. She doesn’t care who we’re playing, when we’re playing, where we’re playing. It doesn’t matter to her. She’s going 100% every time.  Thank you, Sam, for being the most honest person I’ve ever met and telling me how it is! We love her very much and are grateful to have been her coach! … Oh yeah, she also tried goalie one time, and that didn’t work out too well… did it, Sam? 😉 (P.S. You went 7/15 in DC and had 1 assist in that Liberty game – that’s why! Awesome!)

 

#14 EMELIYA NIEVES // Defense

PALMER HIGH SCHOOL

What are you plans for after high school?

After high school, I plan on attending UCCS to earn my nursing degree.

How will you spend your summer?

I will spend my summer doing outside activities and traveling to New York.

What is your favorite memory from Palmer Lacrosse?

My favorite memory was when Coach Kelly stopped practice (looked pretty scary) to “talk to a parent” and was “yelling” at the team captain. We all had to go to the grass field to do Indian Runs while we waited. After a while, we came back to the field, and there were Easter eggs everywhere. Coach was laughing at us because we were all traumatized because we all thought we were in trouble, but she just pranked us, and we all had fun doing an Easter Egg Hunt. 🙂

What will you miss most about Palmer Lacrosse?

I will miss how everyone on the team got along with one another, had good attitudes, and everyone worked hard and tried their best.

If you could give one piece of advice to your teammates, what would it be?

Don’t be so hard on yourselves because every single one of you are amazing. Just have fun, and do your best!

Any other comments, memories, stats, games, practices, etc., info you want to include:

Do not give Coach Kelty your lacrosse stick. He will throw it across the field and make you go get it!

COACH’S COMMENTS: Emmy is adorable, but don’t let her fool you. She will shock you with just one defensive hit (yes, it’s legal), so much that the refs know her by name and number. Em has always been such a fun kid to coach. She’s so little and polite to her teammates, coaches, opponents, refs, family, everyone. But the moment she steps on the field, she is a brick wall you do not want to run into. She’s famous as the girl who “gives coach all the bruises” during defensive drills in practice, and she has been my go-to when I need someone to teach the new babies the perfect defensive technique. She has done everything we have asked of her (take draw, play offense, play backer/ninja, etc.)  with a “Yes, Coach” and a head-nod. We love her so much, and I will miss proudly showing off my bruised arm to people! I will never forget the look on Em’s face when I told her she could easily play college lacrosse. Jaw to the floor! Also, we are sorry she accidentally donated her stick to Goodwill that one time. 😂 Oh, Emmy…

 

#17 SUMMER METCALF-GLADFELTER // Attack

PIKES PEAK ACADEMY

COACH’S COMMENTS: Summer has amazed me from the very beginning, and I’ve had the privilege to watch her grow and become a leader in the past four years. Her journey has inspired not only coaches, but her teammates to continue to never give up on the things you love the most. Summer is a very natural lacrosse player; we never had to really work with her on technique. It was just already there. She gets 99.9% of the ground balls that come her way, and she will come out of literally nowhere to snag a GB. As a freshman, The Gazette posted a picture of her in the paper, which I still have hung up in my office to this day. Her very first game, she scored the winning goal in OT, and the rest is history, scoring almost every single game. In practice, I would ask my defenders, “Who is the hardest person to guard?” They would all say, “SUMMER!!” She stepped up as a leader, holding her own practices in the off-season to strengthen her skills and her teammates’ skills as well. She is truly a wonderful person, and we love her so much! I will NEVER forget how hard I laughed when I learned she spent her first ever paycheck on a strawberry cake from Safeway. 😂

 

#20 ANNA VAN DYK // Midfield

PALMER HIGH SCHOOL

What are you plans for after high school?

After high school, my plans are to go to Quinnipiac University and play D1 rugby and major in criminal justice.

How will you spend your summer?

I will spend my summer hopefully playing rugby and just messing around outside with my friends and family.

What is your favorite memory from Palmer Lacrosse?

My favorite memory from Palmer Lacrosse is whenever the sunset would look pretty on the mountains, Megan would say, “Look, Coach. It’s so pretty!”

What will you miss most about Palmer Lacrosse?

What I will miss most about Palmer Lacrosse is my teammates. I am very close with a lot of them, and I will also miss the coaches a lot.

If you could give one piece of advice to your teammates, what would it be?

One piece of advice I would give to my teammates is if you’re struggling or having a hard time, whether it be at home or academically, please talk to the coaches. They will listen and help you with what you’re going through – trust me.

Any other comments, memories, stats, games, practices, etc., info you want to include:

I love you all, and I will miss everyone greatly. It is bittersweet leaving High School lacrosse, but I wouldn’t have wanted to do it with any other team. Palmer Lacrosse has helped shape who I am as a teammate, a captain, and a person.

COACH’S COMMENTS: My first memory of Anna was that she was this shy, nice, tall freshman that I so badly wanted to protect… And then she learned how to make contact. It was all over. One of our Seniors at the time looked at me and said, “Oh my gosh… She’s a freshman? She’s gonna be a beast!” And she is! Anna is a strong and tough-minded competitor, and that’s why she was named a captain her Junior year. Anna excels in every single sport she plays, and lacrosse is no different – scoring almost every time she is in the 8-meter. My favorite thing to do with Anna is to play defense on her because she gets so frustrated, saying “Coooaach, nooooo. Go away! I don’t want to hurt you.” 😂 Thank you for having mercy on me! We always can count on Anna in the classroom, on the field, off the field, wherever. She always is honest and gives everything she has. We love her very much! Thank you, Anna, for taking stats, creating drills, holding us all accountable, quoting ridiculous Vines, saying, “YEET” all the time, driving the entire team to practice in your car, and laughing whenever you scored on Aleyah. 😉

THANK YOU, SENIORS! You will never know how much we love and appreciate you!