Kirsten Greenlaw is a little girl with a big shot.
Greenlaw, a sophomore at Rock Canyon High School, plays on the ThunderRidge girls lacrosse team, which draws players from Highlands Ranch, Mountain Vista, Rock Canyon and ThunderRidge High Schools.
She leads the Continental League in goals with 44, and her 58 points makes her the league's scoring leader.
Greenlaw is a standout on the field, even though sometimes she might be hard to find when she is being defensed by bigger defenders.
“You would never know just by looking at her that she could be so dominant on the lacrosse field, she is so tiny and quick” said ThunderRidge coach Alanna Gilbertson. “Even though she is only a sophomore, she is definitely a leader on our team and helps control the pace of the game.
“She is a lefty, which is always a plus in girls lacrosse, and she has one of the hardest shots I have seen in my 11 years of coaching. She has a unique talent for being able to get the shot off quickly and accurately.”
Greenlaw, 5-foot-6, has been playing lacrosse for the past six years and really doesn't think a lot about goals, assists or points.
“It's always a surprise when I hear the stats,” said Greenlaw. “All I know is I want to continue to get better each game and each year. I love this sport. My position is attack and that's what I love to do is attack the net.
“I don't think about being a high scorer, I just love to fire it into the net. I love the challenge of weaving between players and being a natural lefty, it helps throw off defenders. My favorite shot is a wrap, angle shot to the top corner.”
Being a smaller player hasn't been a disadvantage.
“A lot of teams send their bigger defenders on me because they think they can block me right away but my quickness has always been an advantage for me,” said Greenlaw. “So I definitely get some jaws to drop when I go right past these bigger defenders.”
Greenlaw scored 51 goals and had had 19 assists last season as a freshman and was an All-Continental League pick and an honorable mention All-State selection.
“My goal is to again make first team Continental League plus first team All-State,” said Greenlaw, who is going to try out for the national team in May. “Of course, I couldn't be who I am without my teammates, especially Haley Kroll, Brianna LeCompte and Millie Micho. We work well together transitioning down the field.”
ThunderRidge lost six seniors who were starters, but with 10 new players, the 2013 Grizzlies have been competitive, with a 5-5 record.
“Kirsten has some pretty great teammates that have helped her to be so successful,” said Gilbertson. “Haley Kroll and Brianna LeCompte have definitely been very important factors in our team's success over the last four years. Even though their goal stats might not be as impressive as Kirsten's, they are both amazing players. Haley had 35 goals and 10 assists. Brianna has 21 goals and nine assists. They will both be continuing on the collegiate level, Brianna at LIU Post in New York and Haley at Mesa State.”