One hundred is always a big number, a number that people strive to specifically in the sports world. Everybody wants one hundred of something in some sport. In baseball, a hitter dreams about one hundred home runs. In golf and tennis, the professionals dream about one hundred victories. And to step away from the sports aspect, one hundred years of age is always an impressive age to live up to.
Junior Center, Jenny LaRocca, is the latest athlete to achieve one hundred career goals for the Pascack Valley lacrosse program. She did so in the first round of the North 1, Group 3 state tournament against Passaic Valley. This marks a huge milestone for LaRocca and for the team as a whole.
"It feels really great," LaRocca said. "My team gave me a lot of support leading up to that last goal. They made a poster, they got me hyped before the game, and then they really helped me with getting my [most recent] one."
As a consistent scorer on the field, the team and Coach Velez simply admire her effort and what she brings to the team. At the same time, this accomplishment can hopefully be a segway to a yet more improved team.
"One hundred goals is a huge accomplishment, and not a lot of people get to that point," Coach Velez said. "And it’s great that she was able to do that and kind of set the bar for everyone else. So [to] all the attackers; it’s a goal for all the attackers."
What is even more impressive is that LaRocca achieved the accomplishment with one more year of high school left to add on to the amount. The talk around the team confirms that theory.
"For her, it’s even better that she’s a junior since she can surpass that and set a new record," Velez added.
"Jenny scoring 100 goals is proof of how hard she works and how important she is to the team," teammate and close friend Jaime Bader said. "Not many players can score 100 goals before they graduate and even less players can score 100 goals before they're a senior."
When LaRocca takes it into perspective, she can only thank the help that her teammates and Velez has given her to make it to where she has today.
"Everyone on the team works SUPER hard at practices and we are all so close," LaRocca started, "It felt really good to be able to accomplish this with my team this year. Velez was really excited for me, she has done so much for me over the past three years. And even before that, I think I can definitely say some of the things I have accomplished I wouldn't have been able to do without her constant support and her positive feedback."
After scoring one hundred goals, Bader could not be more satisfied with the work that her close friend has put in.
"Jenny works her butt off every day and gives all she has during practice and games. You can't ask for anything more than that," Bader said about LaRocca's work ethic.
Despite what her teammate thinks, LaRocca has one more goal in mind for her senior year of high school, which involves pressure from a loved one.
"Well I think next year specifically for the team, we want to win leagues. My oldest sister was the first year to win leagues here and she always makes fun of me because we never won leagues. It’s kind of like a sibling rivalry that’s going on that’s what I wanted to do next year," LaRocca replied.
LaRocca scored four goals on five attempts and one assist against Passaic Valley while getting five goals and one assist most recently against Wayne Valley.