Broadneck senior Ellie McNulty has been playing soccer since she was 3 years old, which makes this season that much more special.
While waiting for the official word that she has been accepted to Princeton, where she was recruited to play lacrosse, McNulty is making the most of the time she has left on the soccer field.
The senior forward and captain is the catalyst for the No. 3 Bruins, who remain perfect on the season with a 10-0 mark.
McNulty, who earned All-Metro second-team honors last season, brings a complete game that includes 11 goals and eight assists this season.
She also knows what it takes to win a state title, having played a big role in the lacrosse team's Class 4A state title run last year.
A four-year varsity player in both sports, McNulty has a weighted 4.43 grade point average and had report cards filled with all-As since elementary school. A member of the National Honor Society, she plans to study pre-med at Princeton.
What has been key to the successful season so far?
I think the mindset that every one of us has is to outwork the other team, no matter who we're playing, whether it's in practice or in a game. Our ultimate goal is to outwork the other side.
How is your role different now that you are a senior captain?
I definitely have a bigger role this year as a captain, being a role model for the other girls and stepping up and playing my hardest. We always bring the girls in before the game and at halftime and talk about what our goals are going into a game and also see what we can change in the second half so we can see what we need to do better.
What was it like winning a state title in lacrosse?
It's definitely the ultimate goal, and we worked since day one to get there and it finally clicked. I don't think it really hit us until that final whistle blew and we were state champions. That was the best feeling.
What does it take to win a state title, and how can your experience winning one in lacrosse help you and the Bruins in soccer?
It takes coming together. Each person has to have that ultimate goal and they have to realize they can achieve it, and that starts with practice. We worked really hard every day for lacrosse, and we need to do the same for soccer in order to be around in mid-Novemeber.
Are you finding similarities between last year's lacrosse team and the soccer team?
Yes, definitely. This is one of the most competitive and hard-working groups I ever played with.
How has playing sports helped define you as a person?
It's really taught me to work hard in whatever I'm doing, and rely on your teammates and have your teammates rely on you. You also have to be a good sport in whatever you do.
Outside of sports, what's it like being a senior in high school?
I really like being a senior. I'm taking a really tough schedule, so while most of my friends go home at 10:30 [a.m.], I'm still here at the end of the day. I'm really getting to know the underclassmen and I can see that they all really look up to me and see me as a role model. It's really important. Ever since I was a freshman, I always looked up to the seniors and copied what they're doing, saw how hard they've worked and now it's my job to be a good role model.
What's the best advice you've put to good use?
To work hard, no matter what you do. You can never give up on anything and have to keep pushing through.
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