Freshman Cassie Mahar helped lead the LadyJackets to a 15-7 victory against Bard College on Saturday, March 30. The Charleston, MA native scored a career best of four goals and made one assist in the winning game. Mahar played lacrosse throughout high school and is looking forward to a promising season here at UR.
What is your major?
How did you start playing lacrosse?
I started playing lacrosse in the sixth grade because my school required me to play a sport every season. I really got into the sport when I joined my club team freshman year of high school.
Do you have any pre-game rituals or superstitions?
The most important part of my routine is writing “Believe” in Sharpie on the inside of my left wrist. ‘Believe” was tattooed on the wrist of my deceased coach and good friend, the woman who inspired me and the one who I play for.
How is collegiate lacrosse different from high school?
High school lacrosse was difficult for me, and I always had to work hard, but now that I am playing college lacrosse, I can see it all paid off. College lacrosse is difficult because it is much more organized and requires more rigorous work, but I find it more enjoyable. In college we are a family that will help each other on and off the field, no matter what.
What’s the best piece of advice a coach has ever given you?
“Play until you can’t run anymore and then get up and run again; push yourself to run that extra step through the line. You have nothing left to regret if you leave it all on the field. Forget about how good the other team is because you are better if you work 10 times harder than them.”
In Saturday’s game against Bard College, you scored a career best of four goals. What was going through your mind?
I was telling myself to be calm and play with confidence. Don’t let anyone distract you from your game.
What are your goals for the remainder of the season?
For the rest of the season, my goal is to play the best I can and help the team be successful, no matter the final score. Show the Liberty League that the women’s lacrosse team at UR is a force to be reckoned with.
Woodworth is a member of the class of 2015.