Collins led Marvin Ridge, and the state, in 2012
by Aaron Garcia
After spending last offseason working on her game, Amy Collins had a feeling she could be in for a good season this spring. She said she worked tirelessly on her agility and stick work in hopes of continuing her emergence that began when she was a freshman in 2011.
But even for Collins, what she did in 2012 to earn the title of Union County Weekly’s 2012 Girls Lacrosse Player of the Year was a bit surprising.
“It just kind of happened, I guess,” said Collins. “Once you start playing, in a way, your instinct just takes over.
“When you work hard, it pays off, you know?”
And pay off it did. This season, Collins emerged as one of the top players in the nation and has the numbers to prove it. She accounted for 132 total points, good for fifth in the state and 13th nationally, according to maxpreps.com. She netted 96 goals on the year (third in state, 10th nationally) and distributed 42 assists (third in state, 25th nationally) while also collecting 82 ground balls and 54 takeaways with a draw control percentage of .702, which led all Conference 8 competitors and ranked second in the state and seventh nationally.
Among sophomores across the nation, Collins ranked first in goals scored, second in points and second in draw control percentage. Perhaps more important, it pushed the Mavs to a 17-3 record and a state semifinal appearance. For the season, Marvin Ridge was the top-ranked team in the state in total goals (338), assists (184) and points (522) while ranking second nationally in each category.
Collins attributed much of her success to having a better understanding of the game, which manifested itself in how she saw the action developing around her.
“I can’t even explain how well I see the field compared to last year,” said Collins, who’s received recruiting attention from Bucknell, Ohio State, Stanford and Notre Dame. “Before, it was more of a narrow vision, but now I can actually see everyone. That added a lot to my game.”
Though Collins doesn’t exude the kind of me-first attitude that such numbers might suggest, she admitted that she was surprised by her scoring statistics, especially the goals. However, she said she was more impressed with what her numbers helped accomplish: the best season in program history.
“At the end of the day, whatever stat helps us accomplish our goal of winning, that was the most important thing to me at that point,” said Collins.