As the Scarborough girls’ lacrosse team weaved its way to perfection this spring, one rugged player stood above the rest.

Her name: Ellie Morin.

Whether she was winning draws, defending the net or stickhandling through a mass of bodies, Morin’s presence on the field was stronger than any other player.

For this, Morin was named the Maine Sunday Telegram girls’ lacrosse MVP.

The Red Storm finished 14-0 with their first Class A state title in five years.

“Ellie is kind of the complete package,” said Scarborough Coach Marcia Wood. “She is one of our top defenders. She leads our team with ground balls, draw controls, is part of the midfield transition, our offense. She pulls through crowds of people with the ball.

“It’s her heart and hustle, just her presence on the field.”

Morin said she felt determined to land the state title this spring after coming up short in the playoffs for three straight years.

She had gotten used to winning her senior year. She and Brittany Ross went undefeated in field hockey and basketball, carrying two state titles into the spring.

But lacrosse is Morin’s passion.

“I wanted to take it. This was my last year. It was about putting your whole heart on the field,” she said.

Morin said her focus shifted slightly from years past. Despite earning an honorable-mention All-American selection her junior year, she was left off the list this year.

Maybe, Morin believes, her competitive edge was misunderstood.

No matter. Ultimately she believes her team-first attitude was what made the difference in capturing the state title. The Red Storm were loaded with talented players this spring. They worked together.

“That’s what put us ahead. Other teams couldn’t keep up. We wore them out,” said Morin.

“There were times I could’ve driven in, taken it to net. But moving the ball and feeding to others really set us apart. It was more about the team.”

Wood agreed. She said replacing Morin will be difficult.

“Little things, like the check from behind. It’s hard to come away with it legally. Ellie does that,” said Wood.

“And we see a lot of strong defenders, but when it comes to the offensive piece, it’s usually not as strong. From shooting to midfield, Ellie can play any position.”

Morin finished her career with 165 goals and 42 assists. This season she had 56 goals and assisted on 11. She caused 31 turnovers and had 82 draw controls.

Morin will continue her lacrosse career next season at Division II Southern New Hampshire University, where she will study advertising and minor in fashion merchandising.

 

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