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Fitzpatrick used to play volleyball, but wanted to do something different. The Batavia junior went from learning to play lacrosse in the backyard to trying out for the Batavia boys team as a freshman.
Batavia does not have a girls program, but allows females to join the boys program if they choose to. Fitzpatrick and sophomore Isabella Irish – who plays on junior varsity – are the only two girls in the program.
"I was so nervous," Fitzpatrick recalled trying out as a freshman. "The guys were all super welcoming, which made my nerves kinda go away."
Fitzpatrick played goalie on JV her first season, and started there as a sophomore. She even played in three varsity games that season due to an injury to the usual starter. Then she missed the second half of the campaign with an ankle injury of her own.
In 12 games played this season, Fitzpatrick has 156 saves – for a 53 percent save percentage.