Oxbridge girls lacrosse player Shilling reaches 100-goal mark

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Oxbridge Academy girls lacrosse attacker Sarah Shilling knew she was having a great season.

How good was it? Try one for the record books.

Shilling made history Wednesday when she scored her 100th goal of the season in a 22-9 win over Seminole Ridge. Shilling, who scored a season-high 12 goals in the game, now has 101 goals.

It is the 18th time a girls lacrosse player has scored 100 or more goals in a season, according to the National Federation of State High School Associations record book. She also becomes the first Florida high school player to score 100 or more goals.

When Shilling was told of where she ranked nationally, she was in a bit of disbelief.

"I was really excited," she said of scoring her 100th goal. "I decided I was going to set a goal for myself and get 100 goals this season. When I hit it today, I could not describe the feeling."

ThunderWolves (10-6) first-year coach Marissa Lisi said Shilling, a senior, flew down the field and fired a shot that went in for the goal.

Lisi, who played in college for Adelphi University (N.Y), said Shilling realized she was getting close to the 100-goal mark when a few girls on the team started talking about it.

"My second-leading scorer said she only had 26 goals and that it was terrible," Lisi said. "Scoring 26 goals is pretty good. But compared to what Sarah has, yeah, it is a little low."

Lisi said Shilling has perfect technique with everything she does. Her only talking point is to tell Shilling to pass the ball more to get her other teammates involved.

Shilling tried getting senior Lauren Craig-Burke her first-ever goal on senior night, Lisi said.

Craig-Burke, a defender, never got her goal in her final regular season home game.

"Sarah was working really hard to get her to score even though she didn't get a goal," Lisi said.

Shilling said she was getting offers from Division I, Division II and Division III schools about playing lacrosse. She's currently deciding what would be best for her.

She wouldn't discuss what schools she's was speaking with. But she did say there were about "seven or eight" Division I programs who were serious.

There's a strong chance she could get more attention with her latest accomplishment.

Aside from playing for Oxbridge, Shilling also plays club lacrosse for two teams, including one in Jensen Beach. Playing club lacrosse, she said, is what gave her more exposure to college coaches.

Shilling first played high school lacrosse at Dwyer when she was a freshman. As a sophomore, she transferred to Oxbridge. Schilling said she might have scored 100 goals in her first three years.

Although she has set a few school and state records, reaching the national record could be tough.

The national record is 157 by Autumn McMillin (Mich.) in 2010.

"We have a few games left, so who knows," Shilling said with a laugh about reaching the national record. "I'll see what I can do."

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