Amy Collins always is thinking about her next set of goals.
Even after scoring 124 goals – second-best in state history – and dishing out 40 assists as a junior, the reigning Charlotte Observer Player of the Year and all-state attacker believes she can be even better.
Collins, 17, said her goal is to score 200 points (combined goals/assists) this season, but her main focus is on bigger and better results for Marvin Ridge.
“This year my main goal is to win” the state championship, said Collins, noting her team is one of the early favorites to contend for the 1A/2A/3A girls’ title after getting to the 2013 state quarterfinals. “If that means scoring a lot, I’ll do it. If that means passing more and setting people up, I’ll do it. I’ll do whatever has to be done to help my team get there.”
Her father and Marvin Ridge coach, Doug Collins, said the pressure for Amy to score at the same rate won’t be a necessity, as the Mavericks look to have a more balanced attack this season.
Seniors like Clare Murphy (Virginia Commonwealth commitment) and Taylor Sweeney (Tampa commitment), who both had 40-plus goals last season, are the most experienced options, but juniors like Abby Joselyn and Jenna Rogers and even freshmen like Katie Atlas and Carter Williams should help make up a potent offense.
The Marvin Ridge defense also should be strong, with sophomore Allie MacWhorter leading the group.
“I feel like this is the best overall team we’ve had at Marvin Ridge, in terms of having so many girls that play year-round,” Doug Collins said. “I feel like we can be much more patient, and find the open player with the best shot three or four meters from the goal.”
While Marvin Ridge has a lot of good options, Amy Collins still is one of the most dangerous players in the state, with the ability to score a barrage of goals in a hurry. She hasa school-record 277 goals going into her senior year.
Collins had 14 goals during a win against Ardrey Kell, 11 in a victory against Cuthbertson and she scored eight or more in nine games.
While that makes her the target of every opposing defense, she doesn’t mind it.
“I just have a very competitive mindset on the field,” Collins said. “I actually like when people get physical or point me out or talk about me. I know I have to bring my ‘A’ game every time out.”
Collins is equally as talented in the classroom, where she boasts a 4.6 GPA, which combined with lacrosse talents, gave her the opportunity to sign with Bucknell during December.
Even when she takes her game and education to the next level, her goals will remain the same.
“My mindset is always to be the best at everything,” said Collins, whose goal is to be Patriot League Freshman of the Year at Bucknell. “I never want to settle for anything less than my best or just the best in general.”
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