Last May, the Monticello girl's lacrosse goalie suffered a concussion, and the Mustangs were left without a keeper. That's when Jessica Worsham stepped in.
"She's a great athlete, she works very hard, she's a smart athlete, and so she was able to pick up the skills pretty quick," says Monticello girl's lacrosse coach Karen Redd.
Worsham had played goalie for a couple weeks back in middle school, but that was the extent of her experience with the position.
"I played defensively on the field before, but definitely making the switch from wearing like no pads to all these pads, being stuck in this little cage, it was definitely interesting," said Worsham. "Then having them actually like physically like shoot on you like a target, it was pretty intimidating at first, but it's fun."
The Mustangs made it to regionals last year with Worsham in the goal. This season, as they try to build on that success, Worsham is in the goal full-time, and improving as the year goes on.
"I definitely still had some quirks to work out, but I'm a little bit less timid. I used to shy away from the ball a lot, but I don't do that as much now. As for progression, I'm starting to step to the ball and using my stick more as an extension of my body."
It's no surprise that she learned so quickly, Worsham is an excellent student who has a 4.6 GPA. Redd says she can see Worsham's intelligence when she's out on the field.
"She's very deliberate in what she does, and she's very thoughtful about what she does. She's one of those goalies who's very reflective, but can just let it go and move on to the next thing and so that definitely takes a different level of maturity."
This semester, Worsham is taking a politics class at UVa, but next year she'll be a full time Wahoo.
"I just got recently accepted to UVa, so I'm definitely really excited about that. Eighteen years in Charlottesville, and my mom's like, 'Get out, get out!' But I really like Charlottesville, I love the Charlottesville area, and something about UVa just really struck me as being the right fit for me."
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