O’Brien did it all for her team in 2019
Recent Emmaus High School graduate Taylor O’Brien knew what she had to do on the lacrosse field for her team to be successful. And it was a lot.
She was a special player, a four-year starter, and led the Green Hornets in several statistical categories during the 2019 season including goals (59), assists (27), draw controls (84), ground balls (56) and caused turnovers (16), on her way to being honored as the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Most Valuable Player.
O’Brien was also named this year’s East Penn Press Female Athlete of the Year.
“It’s an honor to receive this recognition and all of the awards I’ve gotten this year,” said O’Brien. “I credit that to the hard work and dedication I put toward lacrosse. I always wanted to be better than everybody else, so I started playing on my club team called Ultimate Goal Lacrosse, which is in Philadelphia.
“When I worked out I would do reps of stick work on my bounce back until I was tired and I worked on shooting as well. I just continued to work hard to become a better player each year.”
It was a tough season for Emmaus. The Hornets finished the regular season 8-10 overall and missed the District 11 tournament. Despite not being able to play in the postseason before hanging up the green and gold jersey, O’Brien still won’t forget her memorable senior season with her teammates and coaches.
“It definitely wasn’t the way we wanted to go out,” O’Brien said. “But it was the closest team that I was a part of in my four years at Emmaus. We supported each other and enjoyed playing with each other.”
Like many good athletes, O’Brien played multiple sports growing up, including basketball, softball and soccer. She was on the Emmaus basketball team up until her junior year before focusing solely on lacrosse, the sport she started playing and grew to love when she was 10 years old.
Fast forward eight years and the sport she loves has given her the opportunity to continue to play at a high level.
When it came down to picking a college, there were several options that presented themselves through lacrosse, but one stood out above the rest, and it happened in an instant.
“West Chester is special to me because it’s the only school that when I visited felt like home right away,” she said. “That’s when I knew I wanted to spend the next four years of my life there. The coaching staff there is amazing as well as the players who were very welcoming to me. I went to camp there the summer between my freshman and sophomore years and fell in love with it.”
For her career, O’Brien tallied 225 goals, 105 assists, 234 draw controls, 185 ground balls and 101 caused turnovers, and held many of the program’s all-time records. It were four years she won’t forget.
“My time playing at Emmaus meant a lot because I got to improve my skills as well as play for my school and make a name for myself. I got close with the coaching staff and made lots of close friends.”