Brittney White is known for regularly scoring goals and dishing out assists for the Pine Creek girls’ lacrosse team.
But those stats don’t come by accident.
The junior midfielder has had to work for it. She attends every practice, even the optional ones in the offseason. And when Eagles coach Roger Wallace implemented two-a-day practices her freshman year, White didn’t miss a beat.
“Brittney is a special young lady who is always smiling, always there,” Wallace said. “She's always asking questions. She's there for her teammates.”
White’s stats proved that she was special, too. She led Pine Creek with 69 points — including 47 goals — as the Eagles finished 13-3 overall and 7-0 in the Southern League. The numbers were more than enough to earn her The Gazette Preps 2018 Girls’ Lacrosse Peak Performer of the Year honor.
“We were pretty optimistic about how it’d go,” White said, referring to this past season. “We knew we had a strong team coming in and we knew we were going to do great things.”
She has been a contributor since her freshman season in 2016, when she had 36 goals and 11 assists. That was followed by 54 goals during her sophomore campaign.
And she’s expected to once again play a huge role next season, when the Eagles return with most of their starters; they lost just three seniors to graduation.
This past season was one to remember for the Eagles, who won their first outright league title. They earned a first-round bye in the state tournament but fell 17-5 to Arapahoe in the second round.
“Next year I know we’re going to have even a stronger team,” White said. “As a senior, I know I’m going to have to step up even more and become an even bigger leader and play a big role.”
Sadly, White’s season this year was marked by tragedy.
White’s older brother, Taylor White, a 2015 Pine Creek graduate and former wrestling star, died April 8 in a hit-and-run crash on the University of Grand Canyon campus in Phoenix, where he was pursuing an athlete training degree. The vehicle in the crash was found about a week later, but no arrests have been made.
“Taylor was larger than life,” his mom, Angela, told The Gazette in May. “Everything he did, he did full out. Wrestling, football, leading treks up 14ers in lightning storms. He just lived so much life, and he just loved life.”
It’s an approach that’s evident in his little sister, who makes it a point to not miss practice.