St. Luke's Bralower, Parsons named Academic All-Americans by US Lacrosse
The two senior midfielders were also captains for Amanda Williams, and the first-year coach commended the pair's ability to rally the troops and come through in big spots.
"Lindsay was a very vocal leader. During drills and practice and games she was always going 100 percent. She was a very driven person overall and you can see that in her academics. She's always striving to improve and always willing to help the team in any way she could," Williams said. "Caroline led vocally, but also by her presence on the field. She was a very natural athlete, and everything went through Caroline. She led our team in winning draws and always seemed to come up with the ball in key moments."
Getting onto the Academic All-American list was met with sheer excitement from both student-athletes.
"My school told me that I was selected for the team and I was really surprised," Bralower said. "I was really excited to be recognized for both academics and athletics."
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"I was told by my parents that I was being named to the US Lacrosse Girls High School All-Academic Team and I was completely thrilled," Parsons said. "It was so exciting to know that all of my hard work on and off the field was being recognized."
At times, it was a challenging season for Bralower, Parsons and the Storm, as they fell victim to several close defeats but rallied to win their last two games of the season.
"The last two wins really solidified, in my mind, the improvements we made throughout the season and all the hard work we had put in along the way," said Bralower, who was previously named FAA Scholar Athlete and was a recipient of the Herbert Upson Award at St. Luke's Upper School Awards Day.
"Even though we lost a couple games, the team was able grow even closer and learn from the defeats," said Parsons, who received the St. Luke's Outstanding Senior Female Athlete award. "Ending my senior year on such a high note with such a close team was an amazing way to finish."
Both Bralower and Parsons were also recipients of the Athletes of Distinction Award and each played in the NPSWLA All-Star Game in the spring, a game in which several of their regular season opponents became teammates for a day.
Although they were awarded for their contributions to the lacrosse squad, both have opted to go for a different sport when they begin college in the fall.
Bralower, who will be off the University of Virginia, will be playing for the squash team.
"It offers such well-rounded and diverse academic, athletic, and social opportunities. It has the big school spirit that I was really looking for," said Bralower, who is still undecided on a major. "I am really looking forward to trying out lots of different kinds of classes and seeing all that's out there before narrowing down."
Parsons, who will attend Colgate University, is playing on the varsity soccer team.
"Coming from a small school where my teachers became my close friends, I knew it was a quality I was looking for during my college search," said Parsons, who is undecided on a major but is interested in history. "I love how I will be able to have close knit relationships with my professors at Colgate. Once I stepped on the campus, I knew it was the right place for me to spend my next four years."
And while her two senior captains chose to go for different sports at the next level, Williams is confident that either could have held their own in college lacrosse had they decided to go that route.
"I definitely do think Caroline could have played lacrosse, but playing both would be very difficult to do in college. Her true passion is soccer, and you definitely can't take that away," Williams said. "Lindsay is a true athlete and that's in general what college coaches are looking for. I definitely think she could have played, but she is a true squash player."
Even though only Parsons will be playing college soccer, both enjoyed tremendous success and captured an FAA title in their junior season in 2011. The Storm began the 2012 campaign 5-0-1, but Hurricane Sandy resulted in the cancelation of postseason tournaments, thus not giving St. Luke's the chance to repeat.
"Soccer season was quite a whirlwind. After having such a successful previous season, there were a lot of expectations on us to perform at such a high level again," said Bralower, a left defender. "I believe we came out even stronger than we had in the past and I believe that had to do so closely with our team unity."
"I absolutely loved playing soccer at St. Luke's. A lot of the girls on the soccer team also play lacrosse," said Parsons, an attacking center-midfielder and forward. "This made me love playing both sports because I had the same family behind me that I knew I could trust. I have a passion for both soccer and lacrosse but soccer has been a part of my life since I was born."
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