Sack rewrites the record book

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Alyssa Sack leaves huge shoes to fill for Lady Panther lacrosse as she now heads to play at Lenoir-Rhyne University. No player has done it better in the history of the program. (Photo by Adam Hagy Photography)

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Sack saw her number 22 jersey retired at the lacrosse team’s end of season banquet, a fitting honor for a player who now owns the team’s records for career goals, assists, and points. Asking another player to don her number would just not be fair.

In the history of the Starr’s Mill lacrosse program, the Lady Panthers have never seen a player quite like Alyssa Sack. Sack just finished her career at the school, rewriting the record books and setting the bar high for the next generation of Panthers.
Sack has been the best in the area, and her dominance has been clear. Posting 63 goals and 46 assists, she earned the All-County Player of the Year award for the second straight year.
With Sack leading the way, the Lady Panthers posted their finest season to date. They got past the McIntosh powerhouse on Senior Night, then plowed through Holy Innocents and Creekview to earn a spot in the semifinals, where they would fall to the eventual state champions from Blessed Trinity.
“Alyssa has been a great leader for our program, both on and off the field,” said her coach this season, Taylor Sweeney.
It was the best way to finish off her Starr’s Mill career. She called it the highlight of her high school days “because we FINALLY beat McIntosh, and we also made it to the Final Four.”
It wasn’t just this campaign where Sack dominated the competition. She finishes as the school’s career leader in goals, assists, and points. She was rewarded by having her number 22 jersey retired at the end of season banquet.
“It was very unexpected, but I feel very honored,” Sack said of the honor, quick to share it with her girls. “My success came through hard work, supportive teammates, and excellent coaches. It was a team effort.”
She learned that love for hard work early on.
“Lacrosse was my passion from the first time I picked up a stick,” said Sack, who first tried the game when she was in the fourth grade. Because lacrosse was so new to the south, she practiced on a team that had players from the fourth grade all the way up to the twelfth. “I liked the fast pace and finesse of the game.”
It wasn’t all lacrosse for Sack, either. As a right side hitter for a state playoff volleyball squad, she tallied 99 kills en route to All-County Second Team honors. The preparation for the two sports helped her excel in each.
“The defensive stance definitely translated from volleyball to lacrosse,” she noted. “It helped me move my feet to get in position faster.”
All of the dedication paid off as Sack earned her way. She’s signed to play lacrosse next year at Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, North Carolina. She’s eager to help out any girls hoping to follow in her footsteps.
“Hard work equals success,” said Sack, adding that you can’t forget to have fun with whatever sport you’re playing. “Everything ultimately comes down to head, heart, and hustle.”

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Christopher Dunn has been the sports editor for Fayette Newspapers since 2011, in addition to running Fayette Game Day magazine. He is a graduate of Fayette County schools, as well as a graduate of Georgia State University with a degree in journalism. Follow him on twitter @fayettesports.


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