Marvin Ridges’ Collins cemented herself as one of the best players in nation

The awards just keep rolling in for Amy Collins.

Marvin Ridge’s Amy Collins: 2013 Union County Weekly Girls Lacrosse Player of the Year

Marvin Ridge’s Amy Collins: 2013 Union County Weekly Girls Lacrosse Player of the Year

This year, Collins put together a junior season that will go down as one of the state’s best. The Marvin Ridge attacker topped the state’s previous record of 116 goals with 124 this season (though it was eventually broken by East Chapel Hill senior Sydney Holman’s 128) while totaling 164 points, which also ranked second.

Those totals also were pretty darned impressive on the national level, as well, as she ranked third in the U.S. in goals and fifth in points. As a result, Collins, who is the 2013 Union County Weekly Girls Lacrosse Player of the Year, made the 2013 Brine National High School All-American team and will represent the Southeast Region in the 2013 Brine National Lacrosse Classic, scheduled for June 30-July 3 in Boyds, Md.

Collins also was selected to play for the United States’ 17-and-under team at July’s 2013 Federation of International Lacrosse Women’s World Cup in Ontario, Canada. Last month, she traveled to Philadelphia to play in the US Lacrosse Women’s National Tournament in Philadelphia.

“It’s definitely been really cool,” said Collins of the accolades. “When you play as a little kid, you want to be the best. Once you’re one of the best at your level, it’s honestly really humbling. It’s what you’ve dreamed of.

“It’s really exciting to know you got to that point, but there’s always going to be room for improvement. That makes me even more excited to know I’m at that level where I can work on other things that are more advanced.”

Collins’ season got off to an emphatic start when, in the Mavs’ second game, her nine goals sparked the program’s first-ever win over state power Myers Park. She would match, or top, the nine-goal mark four more times during the season, including 14 goals against Ardrey Kell and 11 more against Cuthbertson. On the season, Collins averaged seven goals per outing for the 14-4 Mavs.

While Collins, a Bucknell recruit, still has a year of high school remaining, the high-wattage consistency she displayed this season was a very good sign for her coach – and father – Doug.

“It shows me she’s ready to play at the next level because she’s adaptive and she evolves,” Doug Collins said. “When (opponents) start double-teaming her on the wings, for example, she comes up with a counter to it.”

Collins, however, said the highlight of her season was taking an active leadership role on the team and learning the nuances of being the player the other Mavs looked up to.

The stats – and the honors they brought – were secondary, said Collins.

“It’s more about winning; I score points to win,” Collins said with a self-effacing shrug. “I don’t necessarily score points for stats. Stats are cool and everything, but that’s not what scoring is about.”

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