All-Patriot Seath leads Weston to playoffs
Published 4:47 pm, Monday, August 30, 2010
Sam Seath caps her career as one of the five best players in Weston girls lacrosse history. A tri-captain before graduating in June, she earned All-Patriot Division honors for the second straight year despite battling knee problems this year, finishing with 23 goals and 20 assists for 43 points. She finished as the team's career leader in assists with 53 and is second on the team's career-list in goals (112) and points (165) and third for the team all-time in ground balls (122).
"I was really happy because I was injured for part of the season," Seath says. "All of the team's hard work paid off and honestly, I don't know if I could have done it without the other captains, Brittany [Swanson] and Sam [Druks], because we really came together as a team and worked well together on the field. All the preseason work I did helped me become the player I was this spring."
Weston had its best season ever, qualifying for the playoffs for the first time in its history. The team finished the regular season at 8-7-1, 8-9-1 overall and Seath is credited for playing a major role in its turnaround.
"She was very motivated before the season started to get the team going and was a great leader for the younger girls, getting them all together," Lady Trojans Coach Erin Wilson said.
Seath played for the Lightning last summer and played in an indoor league during the winter. She also worked tirelessly on her skills in the offseason when she didn't play.
Possessing a lethal shot while firing on net made her into a scoring threat every time she was near the opposing net. Her speed and fake moves enabled her to blaze past opponents and create many one-on-one opportunities with the goalie, which often resulted in easy goals.
"In every sport I played, I just loved scoring," Seath said. "When I shoot, I shoot, I don't think about where the goalie is. Basically, I love going one-on-one, so I make a head roll to fake them out. I see where the goalie isn't and I shoot it there. I also like to shoot it high."
In addition to her talent and desire, she also possessed game-smarts and was usually a step ahead of her opponents.
"Sam has always had the right instincts of where to be on the field and was aggressive in going to the goal," Wilson said. "She had confidence in herself and her teammates had confidence in her."
Although Seath loves to shoot and score, she's just as content, if not more so, if a teammate puts the ball in the net. And she's successful at setting up her teammates because of her soft touch passing the ball and ability to find an open teammate near the net.
"Honestly, I love feeding the ball to an open teammate more than scoring," she said. "I want to make my teammates look good and I love doing it. Especially with Brittany, we have very good eye contact. When you look, you see her go around the goal and you find her."
Her tenacity in the trenches enabled her and her teammates to pick up many ground balls.
"You have to get your whole body to the ground and get your stick down, which makes it easier," Seath said.
Playing lacrosse seemed natural for her because her mother, Susan, played at Mamaroneck High School in Long Island. When the younger Seath was in fourth grade, Susan Seath and Linda Glascott started a lacrosse clinic in town for girls and when she was in fifth grade, Weston had a girls travel team.
Once she started playing it, Seath felt at one with the sport. She became passionate about it and lacrosse became her No. 1 sport.
"I always played soccer and basketball since kindergarten but when I started to pick up a stick and pass it around and once I got into it, I really loved it," she recalled.
She played soccer from her formative years to her senior year with the Lady Trojans. After leading Weston in scoring freshman year, her career was hampered by a knee injury. When she was healthy, she was unstoppable on the field.
"I've always liked to play attack and it's the one-on-one that makes me thrive," Seath said. "I like to take it to the goal. I've always been competitive, even outside of sports. I got it from my dad [Drew], who is the most competitive person I know."
On the hardcourt, she was tenacious in the paint and scored inside. However, her injured left knee ended her basketball career before her junior year.
"I really miss it and I wanted to come back senior year but it was just too hard," Seath said.
Despite these obstacles, she was determined to return to the playing fields. Through a rigorous regimen of physical therapy, coupled with working out in the offseason, she came back strong and developed into a major force on the lacrosse field.
"My being competitive pushed me to come back, do better and become a better athlete," Seath said.
Leadership is a strength of hers as she led the Lady Trojans as their captain. She led by example through her work ethic but was never afraid to lead verbally as well as she spoke up when she needed too.
"It was a huge honor for Sam, Brittany and I and it was a fitting way to end our careers," Seath said. "It was an honor to be chosen. I always wanted the team to do better and maybe sometimes, it was taken the wrong way, but we always wanted what was best for the team. It helped being on the sidelines [temporarily with the injury] because I was able to see things I would not see if I was in the game."
One person Seath has an impact on is a JV player, her sister Shelby, who will be a sophomore this year.
"Sam is a real good leader for the team and she pushes us to run," Shelby Seath said. "She watched my games and over the weekend, she went over my game with me individually. She gives me good pointers and is really helpful since she's been on the team for four years and helped me improve my game."
Athletics wasn't the only pursuit Seath excelled in. She also excelled academically. English is her favorite subject.
"Honestly, athletics helps me," Seath says. "The first season I didn't do a sport, the winter of my junior year, my grades suffered. Playing a sport helped me manage my time well."
This fall, she's attending Hobart and William Smith College. Seath is undecided about her major and if her knee was healthy, she'd play varsity lacrosse. Because the knee isn't 100 percent, she will take a break from it this year but hopes to play club lacrosse. She knows in order to play club lacrosse, she has to raise her game to the next level because it's still very competitive.
"You have to have confidence in yourself in order to do well in lacrosse and in life," she says.
Being the competitive and determined individual she is, no one should be surprised if Seath plays varsity lacrosse when her knee is fully healthy, be it this year or next.