By Dan Dovale
There’s an aspect of sports that doesn’t receive the same recognition and respect as others do, which is; Women do this too. Men are shown the most love and attention when it comes to athletics, it’s widely more popular and seemingly appreciated.
The Connecticut Lady Huskies have been popular due to being dominant, winning championships and the never before seen 111 game win streak which gained a little bit of everyone’s attention. But how often do we hear about or gain interest in women’s soccer, WNBA, women’s lacrosse, etc. What will cause a change in the eye of the public?
“I think there could always be improvements when it comes to this. I would love for there to be more attention/love for women’s sports, women’s lacrosse and I know that with success this will all come,” Destinee Carey said.
Carey, a senior Women’s Lacrosse player at WCSU is enjoying some success of her own during her college career. Several WCSU WLAX career records are in jeopardy due to Carey’s pursuit. She’s nearing the points (258), goals (205) and free position goals (39) records. She’s within striking distance of each as she’s registered 254 points, 200 goals and 36 free position goals.
When an athlete finds success in the chase of their dream, many wonder what prior sports figure did they mold their game after, or what role model they looked up to for inspiration which helped influence them in this journey? The expectation is a celebrity, athlete or someone seen on the television while growing up. What’s overlooked is, that person may just be that athletes first love, the love that came before the sport, the love who is her greatest supporter to this day.
“My Father has been my biggest influence both on and off the field,” Carey said. “He’s been my biggest motivator, my biggest fan in all 11 years I’ve played lacrosse and I know without him I wouldn’t be half as successful.”
Since entering the program surpassing these records was a long term goal of Carey’s and as she’s destined to do so, it brings on a, “surreal feeling,” but one that will show, “all this hard work and dedication will truly have paid off,” she said.
Although setting a goal of such high standards, Carey never let it affect or differentiate how she played and approached team success; “I never played with the intentions of breaking records, I played to win games and try to win a championship. Playing for Westerns Women’s Lacrosse we always say ‘play for the girl next to you.’”
Consistency may be the most important attribute in sports and it’s one she has mastered. The consistent improvement in her first three years at WCSU stands out. The jump in goals of 77 in her sophomore year after netting 38 her freshman year, shows she earned that trait. A junior year where she scored 52 goals and was named team offensive player of the year, it just adds to a resume of a special talent.
As she continues to chase down history and is on the verge of passing it, when the time comes, as she’s calling her Dad and expressing the sentiments of feeling “flooded with emotions, honored and privileged.”
It’ll remind her of the first time she put on the Colonial jersey, all the blood, sweat and tears, the sacrifices, going the extra mile while believing in herself and her dreams. And ultimately when she walks off the field for the final time and removes the only collegiate jersey she’s ever worn, she’ll have also accomplished the ultimate goal of, “wanting to make an impact on this program.”
Her name will forever be stitched in Western’s Women’s Lacrosse for her historical achievements and ability to raise the bar within the program. And when all is said and done maybe her impact is much more than just the program at WCSU, but adds a step to the ongoing climb that women’s sports is faced with, in receiving the due they’ve earned and deserve.