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Spotlight on Emily Beazley: Becoming a Top Single-Season Scorer

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Hartland’s Emily Beazley becomes one of state’s top single-season scorers

HARTLAND — Emily Beazley scored three goals as a freshman.

It’s worth repeating one more time: THREE goals!

Looking back on Beazley’s rookie year for the Hartland girls lacrosse team, it’s comical that the junior, who was then placed on defense and tasked with preventing goals rather than scoring them, had barely managed a hat trick on the season.

Nowadays, Beazley, a junior in 2017, usually records a hat trick per game. Or, at least that’s what she averaged, having scored 83 goals in 21 games for the No. 3 Eagles girls, which reached its sixth consecutive Division 1 state semifinal this year.

 

“I mean, this year, it was a completely different mental game. I prepared way more in the offseason than I ever have before,” said Beazley, who scored 3.95 goals per game for Hartland en route to being named first team all-state and staking a claim as one of the top single-season scorers in state history.

For Beazley, the journey began in her ninth-grade season when — with the team needing a defensive starter and the freshman just wanting to crack the varsity lineup — she switched positions from attack to defense.

For 9 1/2 years, she had been an offensive-minded force. But for the sake of the team, she elected to spend one of those years on the proverbial back line, completely shifting her focus.

It was exciting and beneficial to her game, but it also, in some ways, stunted her growth.

“I started as a defender, so I never really got to see the attack side of things,” Beazley said. “So, going back to my original position of attacker and midfield (sophomore year) … I was not the best.

“As an attacker, I didn’t really get to see every aspect or learn how to interact with my teammates, or how the defense was set. I had to become more mature as a player with the roles my coach set on me, and it put a lot of pressure on me to learn quickly, things like, ‘This is how I need to shoot at this position, and when and where.’”

 

She had a solid season. But, like any new player, she had to adjust to varsity speed.

Fortunately, after an offseason of training Monday-Saturday, that’s exactly what she did.

As a junior, Beazley posted more than 100 points for the Eagles in just 21 games. Her 83 goals are the third most in Hartland history, trailing only Ryan Skomial (99) in 2012 and Amy Longe (95) in 2014.

However, it also goes down as the 12th-highest goal total in MHSAA history.

“I was actually surprised, but at the same time, I knew I was capable of getting there,” Beazley said. “Plus, I’ve been playing with the girls I play with now on the summer team, and we all know how to connect with each other. They were always feeding me in the right spots. It was my teammates putting me in position to execute all the time. I heavily depended on this. It was never just me.”

Specifically, Beazley credited Loran Wasik, Bella D’Arcy and Teagan Laier.

“Loran, she’s very passionate, and she is somebody you don’t actually recognize right away until the play was executed. You don’t see it right until she’s right there, open, and passes it right where you need it,” Beazley said. “Same with Bella. She knows, exactly, my strengths. Both of those girls did. And with Teagan, we both made huge contributions to the team, and we kept each other together.”

 

Led by that foursome on offense, the Eagles ventured to their sixth straight semifinal, where they would encounter Birmingham-Seaholm. Beazley put up eight goals in that game, the seventh-highest single-game output in state history, according to MHSAA records.

But that wouldn’t be enough as Hartland stormed back from a three-goal deficit to knot the game at 11 and lost, 13-11, in overtime. Yet that just motivates Beazley and her teammates for 2018.

“It was a pretty devastating game,” she said. “When people bring it up, it hurts a lot. But, I mean, I think we were expecting a little too much. Nerves and emotions took over, but it happens and we’ll learn from it for next year.

“I really just want that state championship. That will always stick with me.”

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