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May 12, 2013

Around the Horn with Kristy Robertson, Haverhill lacrosse

Michael Muldoon
mmuldoon@eagletribune.com

---- — Kristy Robertson scored 85 goals last year and could reach the 100-mark this spring. The two-year Haverhill captain had 68 goals through 11 games.

She already has games of 13 and 12 goals.

“She’s the most dedicated individual I’ve ever met,” said Hillie coach Melinda Cripps. “On the field, in the class and as a person, the’s the most dedicated individual I’ve ever met.”

In this week’s Around the Horn, the National Honor Society student speaks of her scoring touch, why she made her college decision as a junior and why her sophomore year was so frustrating.

What’s it like putting up such impressive scoring numbers? “It’s been really fun. Especially since the team is much closer than last year.”

How have you been able to score 13 and 12 goals in a game? “I don’t count how many I get. I have to ask my parents afterward. Whatever the team needs. It always feels good.”

You must face special defenses? “A lot of games I’m double- and triple-teamed.”

Does that force you to be more of a playmaker? “Yes, definitely.”

What’s your favorite personal athletic achievement? “Last year when I got the MVC Defensive Player of the Year.”

Defensive?! “Yes, it was good to see they recognized my defensive skills as well as offensive.”

You committed to Southern New Hampshire as a junior. Why so early? “I fell in love with the school and I love the coach. I wanted to make an impact right away and I thought I could do it. I went for a couple visits and kept in touch.”

Did you ever have second thoughts? “No second thoughts. I knew I wanted to go there.”

How are you doing academically? “I think I’m 81st in (a class of 381). I’m in National Honor Society.”

Do you know what you’re going to study? “Sports management and nutrition.”

Anything else interesting about your academics? “I’ve had perfect attendance for all four years. I definitely take pride in it.”

Do you play any other sports? “I run cross country and indoor track (tri-captain).”

What’s been the lowest point of your career? “I sprained my ankle sophomore year. It set me back. It just made me work harder.”

Do you work? “I coach with Revolution lacrosse.”

What’s something people don’t know about you? “I used to Irish step dance. I used to horseback ride.”

Are you from an athletic family? “My older sister Kelsey rides horses and used to play volleyball. My aunt, Heather (Brewer) Murray, was a really good track runner at Haverhill.”

What’s your dream job? “To be a doctor.”

Who’s your dream date? “I watch the Patriots, I’d say Aaron Hernandez.”

What is your pet peeve? “When people don’t give 100 percent”

Do you have a nickname? “Mags (track coach Mike Maguire) used to call me Bitty.”

Do you have any pets? “Two dogs, Allie and Skippy, and two cats, Garfield and Clarissa.”

What is the most embarrassing song you have in your iPod? “All the Avril Lavigne songs.”

If you were named principal, what’s the first thing you’d do? “Put heat in the school. It’s really cold.”

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Follow Michael Muldoon on Twitter under the screen name @MullyET.

BITTY’S FAVORITES

Group or singer: The Zac Brown Band

Book: Night of the Stars

Website: laxpower.com

App: Pandora

Movie: The Last Song

TV show: NCAA lacrosse

Athlete: Madison Acton (from Lincoln-Sudbury), a freshman at Duke. She used to be on my club team.

Food: Chicken Alfredo

Car: Any convertible

Restaurant: The Beach Plum in Rye

Teacher: Mrs. (Jean) Ray, my Spanish teacher