Hannah Oliver is seriously considering playing club lacrosse for Georgia Tech, especially now, since she couldn’t finish her senior season.
“If I do end up playing, I definitely will never take another practice, game, or conditioning for granted,” said the Harrison senior attacker, who had an estimated 40 goals and 30 assists this season before spring sports came to an end because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Lady Hoyas were enjoying one of their best starts to the season under first-year coach Laura Jordan with a 7-1 overall record.
Oliver, a four-year starter and 2017 Harrison Offensive MVP, said she was nervous at first about playing for a new coach her senior year, but that didn’t last. She was challenged to up her intensity at practice. As a result, she became more aggressive, which led to improved performances and better offensive numbers.
“I really believe that this season we could’ve won region and hopefully made it to the semifinals of state, which were our team goals,” Oliver said.
But it wasn’t meant to be.
Oliver, a two-time scholar athlete and 2019 Coaches Award winner, was at home when she first heard the news that schools were closing and that spring sports were suspended for at least two weeks. Harrison played Pope at home that night.
Knowing the game could potentially be their last, the Lady Hoyas came away with a 23-16 victory.
“I hoped that we would be able to come back and play and practice as a team, but knew we had to play our best game just in case,” Oliver said. “I can say without a doubt it is the best game our team has ever played. We all went on the field determined to make our last game count, and it was so fun to see everyone working so well together to reach our goal.”
For Oliver, it didn’t come as a shock when it was later announced the spring season was canceled, but she still felt the disappointment.
Her desire to play competitive lacrosse began after she attended her first Harrison lacrosse camp at the age of 10. This was not now she wanted her high school chapter to end.
“I knew it was going to end up happening, but I had a sliver of hop that I’d get to finish out the season with my team and have a senior night that we have always dreamed of,” Oliver said. “I was especially upset because I think our team that we have always dreamed of. I was especially upset because I think our team had so much potential left to succeed in future team.”
It appears that she may have some unfinished business with the lacrosse stick once she arrives at Georgia Tech, where she plans to major in neuroscience.