Editor's note: This is the latest in a series of Gazette profiles of local athletes.
When Kristy Robertson is on the lacrosse field, it looks like she's been playing the sport all her life.
Her knowledge of the game and leadership among her teammates is unmatched, and her instincts and pure speed and athleticism are uncanny.
But Robertson, a Haverhill High junior, had not played a single lacrosse game before her freshman year.
"I had no idea that she had never played before because she had so much talent," said her coach Mindy Cripps. "It just speaks volumes to her natural ability."
Robertson made the varsity team two years ago and was not a major player, but still contributed and gained valuable experience. Last year, she really began finding her way, scoring eight goals on a team that was led by senior superstar Molly Gleason. This year, Robertson has gotten off to a blazing start, scoring at least six goals in three of her first four games. She has 22 goals in four games as of Monday.
Despite all of her talent, her coach lauds her commitment to the team and not individual accomplishments.
"The real pleasure of coaching her is that she's a team player," Cripps said. "She wants to help develop her teammates by working to bring the team together."
Robertson sat down with the Gazette to talk about life on and off the field.
What would you like to see your team accomplish this season?
I'd like to go at least a few rounds deeper into the tournament than we did last year. (Haverhill was bounced in the first round by Andover last year.)
What do you hope to accomplish this season?
I just want to make sure I get a lot of goals and also be a team leader.