Student-Athlete of the Week: West Genesee’s Allie Hanlon

CAMILLUS, N.Y. (WSYR) — For West Genesee lacrosse goalie Allie Hanlon, finding her place in the goal seemed like fate when she was suddenly playing goalie with her childhood friends.

“We used to not have a goalie, so we would throw all of our sticks into a pile and then they’d pick one every game and then when my stick finally got picked, it was like kind of just like it felt right, I guess, if that makes sense. I just felt like there was a natural thing to it,” said Hanlon.

A big part of Allie’s growth as a Wildcat has been mentally.

“While her natural ability has always been elite, where she has grown in the last four years is being able to be mentally strong enough to kind of rationalize those moments,” said West Genesee head coach Shannon Burke.

“You really can’t think about anything else. It’s like tough, obviously, but like when you’re playing, you just got to only think about the game when you watch, do your part, like watch for the shot and then after, no matter what happens, if it’s a goal, if it’s a save, you just have to worry about the next play constantly. You have to have that next-play mentality,” said Hanlon.

By controlling the controllables, Allie broke the New York State girl’s lacrosse record for career saves, which was 527. Eight games into the season she has 538. As she continues to rack up the saves, she has a bigger goal in mind.

“I hope to try to get near John Galloway. He used to play here at West Genny. He has, I think, 610 saves here and he went to Syracuse after, so I want to try to hopefully beat his record next,” said Hanlon.

Following in the footsteps while making her own path…. Allie will be part of the powerhouse that is Syracuse women’s lacrosse

“I’m nervous for that. I think it’ll be a lot of work, but I think that I can handle it, and I think it’ll be a lot of fun, especially just because I love the sport and I love the coaches,” said Hanlon.

Congratulations, Allie! You are the Byrne Dairy and Deli NewsChannel 9 Student-Athlete of the Week.

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