Taylor Darrell of Bow: Girls lacrosse player of the season

  • Bow High School’s Taylor Darrell (left) capped her high school career with 301 goals and 81 assists. ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff

Monitor staff
Published: 6/16/2017 10:21:13 AM

When Taylor Darrell looks back on her athletic career at Bow, it won’t be the soccer titles that she thinks of. It will be making the Final Four in her senior season with the girls’ lacrosse team.

“It was awesome winning soccer championships, but my closest friends are on the lacrosse team,” Darrell said. “My best friend since first grade (Maggie Vogt) is on the team. Our goal since freshman year is either make it to the (championship) or semis. It meant the world to make it to semis. That’s a nice memory I will always have.”

Darrell helped lead the Falcons to 14-4 record through the regular season and playoffs. Bow took out ConVal, 18-8, in the quarterfinals but fell to eventual champion Kearsarge, 8-4, in the semifinals. Darrell led Bow with 12 points (nine goals, three assists) against ConVal and scored three goals against Kearsarge. She finished her career with 301 goals and 81 assists.

“Our first playoff game was great against ConVal,” Darrell said. “Everyone played pretty well, I was really proud of our team. That really helped us have some confidence going into the semifinals. Unfortunately, we fell short, but at least we made it to our goal of the semis.”

Darrell’s dream since fourth grade was to play Division I lacrosse. She’ll realize that dream when she arrives at the University of Delaware in the fall. To reach that level, Darrell made lacrosse her main focus and followed the example set by her older sister, Sherry, who played lacrosse at SNHU and graduated in 2011. Darrell’s father, Rob, coached her in youth lacrosse.

Darrell also played club lacrosse for the New Hampshire Tomahawks, alongside the best players in the state and against some of the best players in the country. That experience helped Darrell improve and put her on a path to play in college, but the journey with her high school team doesn’t compare.

“Club lax focused on getting recruited,” Darrell said. “In high school, it’s more about your team and your friends. You’re representing your high school. You want to get a title for your high school, you want a title for yourself. It’s more team-spirited in high school. You really want that (championship), you really want that full student section and the school watching you.”

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