Not only does Greater Lawrence Tech freshman Alyssa Goulet play the same three sports (volleyball, basketball, softball) her mother Sandra (Michaud) Goulet did with the Reggies during the late 1980s.
But she also plays the same three positions (middle hitter, center, catcher).
The 5-8 freshman always knew her mom was a gifted athlete with a terrific throwing arm, making it impossible for base runners to steal against her in softball. Sandra is a Greater Lawrence Hall of Famer and helped the Reggies win an MVC volleyball title.
But since matriculating at Greater Lawrence, Alyssa has been reminded plenty more about how talented and hard working her mom was. These reminders serve as motivation.
“It’s kind of cool how all the teachers talk about her and how good she was,” Alyssa said. “It’s motivation for me to get up to that level.”
Alyssa, who has a twin brother Aaron, is averaging 6.0 points for 4-2 Reggies. She played varsity volleyball this past fall for Kevin Maloney.
“It’s kind of cool how I have the same coach as my mom did when she was in high school,” Alyssa said.
Maloney often noticed Alyssa glancing into the stands.
“He’s like, ‘Don’t worry about your mother. I’m the one who taught her. Just look at me,’” Alyssa said.
It’s not surprising Alyssa often looks to her mom. Sandra, who signed Alyssa up for softball at 5 years old and basketball in the fourth grade, used to coach her daughter’s teams when Alyssa was in elementary school.
Sandra was tough on Alyssa, even removing her from games if she was not giving 100 percent.
“Being her mother, I was more strict on her,” Sandra said. “I was a lot harder on her. ... I can see her being even better than I was. She gives 110 percent. I didn’t make the varsity volleyball team as a freshman. She did.”