Guarding the Net with 11 year old Goalie Taylor Connolly - Episode 238 | Lax Goalie Rat

Guarding the Net with 11 year old Goalie Taylor Connolly – Episode 238

Lacrosse is a sport that not only demands physical agility but also a sharp mind, especially for those who take on the challenging role of a goalie. In the recent episode of our podcast, we delve into the world of young lacrosse sensation Taylor Connolly, an 11-year-old who has been defending the net since the tender age of five. Her journey is not just a tale of sporting prowess but also of remarkable dedication and mental strength.

Taylor’s foray into lacrosse began when she was inspired by an older goalie at a recreational practice. That moment sparked a passion that has since turned into an impressive skill set and an undying love for the game. Her dedication is evident as she discusses her experiences playing both as a field player and a goalie, highlighting the unique challenges and learning curves she has faced.

As Taylor grew in the sport, she attended camps like Net Nation and received guidance from coaches Joe Karpinski and Ted Glynn. It was through these experiences that she honed her skills, learning how to move to the ball, make crucial saves, and execute effective clears. Her current focus on improving her reaction time to face harder shots is a testament to her commitment to continuous improvement.

The mental aspect of the game is just as critical as the physical one, and Taylor does not shy away from sharing her strategies. From staying calm after a mistake to resetting quickly, her mental fortitude is as impressive as her saves. Taylor stresses the importance of constructive feedback, trust, and team communication. She also touches on the benefits of reviewing game footage to refine her technique further.

Taylor’s admiration for professional goalies Katie Glynn and Kate Devir is a glimpse into her aspirations and the impact role models can have on young athletes. The way she meticulously incorporates their techniques into her gameplay, while also sticking to what works best for her stance, showcases her analytical approach to the sport.

As the podcast progresses, listeners are invited to follow Taylor’s journey through her club season, league schedule, and upcoming tournaments via social media. Her unwavering commitment and ability to balance her school responsibilities with her athletic pursuits are as inspiring as her in-game heroics.

The episode wraps up with a celebration of Taylor’s dedication to lacrosse. Her story is not just about an individual athlete’s journey; it is about the power of sports to shape young lives, instill discipline, and foster a sense of community. It’s about the lessons learned on the field that translate into life skills off it.

Taylor Connolly’s story is one that resonates with athletes and non-athletes alike. It’s a narrative of passion, perseverance, and the sheer joy of playing a sport one loves. This podcast episode is a tribute to the young goalie’s spirit and a reminder to all aspiring athletes that with hard work, dedication, and a positive mindset, the net is yours to guard.

Show Notes

Video Interview with Taylor Connolly

Pics and Video of Taylor


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