Name: Maddie Wiltrout
School: St. Charles North, senior
Why she was selected: Wiltrout scored six goals for the St. Charles Co-op lacrosse team in a 13-9 win over Neuqua Valley on April 18.
Chronicle sports reporter Jacob Bartelson caught up with Wiltrout to discuss the season, her next stop in college and more. Below is an edited transcript.
Bartelson: What was your first exposure to lacrosse and what do you remember feeling about it?
Wiltrout: I started playing lacrosse in third grade when I lived in New Hampshire. I remember thinking 'this is really hard', but everyone I knew played and was so good. I’ve always had a really determined personality [and] to do everything to my best ability.
Bartelson: When did you know that it was a sport you wanted to play in college?
Wiltrout: Freshman year, I started the recruiting process, emailing coaches every tournament, going to college camps over the summer and showcases. It was a lot of commitment and hard work, but I knew lacrosse was something I have always had a passion for and always will!
Bartelson: What are you most looking forward about playing at St. Ambrose?
Wiltrout: At St. Ambrose, I’m most looking forward to lacrosse of course, but most of all meeting new people and new teammates. I hope to be pushed out of my comfort zone to try new things on the field I didn’t think I could do!
Bartelson: What advice would you give to those on the fence about giving lacrosse a try?
Wiltrout: Lacrosse is one of those sports that takes a while to get used to. It’s a little different and it’s not the most popular, but it is the No. 1 growing sport in America today...I would tell someone to get out of their comfort zone and try it because it might just lead you somewhere great!