by Jeff Seidel | Special to Lacrosse Magazine Online
WHO SHE IS: Tess Collett doesn't have a lot of lacrosse experience, but that hasn't stopped the goalie from finding a lot of success in a short amount of time. She's only in her second year of playing the game and had a .580 save percentage this year for Alta High while helping the Hawks win a Utah state championship. The senior also was picked as an Academic All-American and played on the school's tennis team -- which won back-to-back state championships. Collett is unsure of where she's going to college next year but said she would still like to play lacrosse.
WHAT SHE DID: Collett came up big in Alta's state championship game against Murray High. She made 12 saves to help Alta pull out a 14-11 victory over Murray in the Division I title game. The Hawks were ahead the entire game, took charge early in the second half, but had to hold off a late Murray run. Collett had to make some saves in the final minutes to help Alta hang on.
WHY WE NOTICED: Collett's work is that much more impressive because she's been playing the game for just these past two seasons. She's been Alta's starting goalie both years and allowed only 3.85 goals per game this season as Alta rolled to the state title. Collett and her teammates wanted this one because they suffered a painful first-round loss in last year's playoffs -- losing a late lead in that contest after going undefeated in the regular season.
WHAT SHE SAID: "We just wanted to have fun in the championship game. We play great in practice, and we wanted to do that in the game. After what happened last year, I didn't want that to happen again. When we have fun, we're playing our best. I was trying to make everyone laugh at halftime to loosen everyone up. We were winning by three, but a little tight. We all just relaxed and figured we had nothing to lose."
WHAT'S NEXT: Alta is done for the season. The Hawks finished undefeated this year.
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