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Female Student-Athlete: Downingtown West’s Phillips ready for key battle

Friday, 30th May 2008

Categories Girl's/Women's, High School  
 

By Bridget Algeo
Phillylacrosse.com, posted 5/30/08

If Sarah Phillips has her way as an international business major at George Washington University, one country she’ll get to visit is Greece, a place steeped in mythological stories of legendary gods and goddesses possessing supernatural gifts and abilities.

When it comes to understanding the extreme prowess of these godlike figures, Phillips should have no problem.

Besides being part of a talented Downingtown West squad, Phillips herself is a powerful attack wing who has scored close to 100 goals this season.

Her exceptional athletic ability has earned her a scholarship to play for the Colonials of George Washington next fall. Also armed with a strong background in academics and service, she was named the Laxzilla/Phillylacrosse.com Female Student-Athlete of the Week.

For today, Phillips and her second-seeded Whippets (20-2) remain focused on Saturday’s District One Class AA semifinal at West Chester East (2:00) against third-seeded Bayard Rustin (15-2) – and it could well resemble a war straight from the archives of Greek mythology.

Though her team has not faced the Ches-Mont American Conference champions this year, Phillips recalls two close contests last year, and she anticipates a good game tomorrow afternoon.

“We’re good,” she says, emphasizing her team’s strong defensive unit and their balanced offense. “We’re really positive, and we feel like we can do it all.”

As a national merit scholar and a former class treasurer, Phillips understands what it’s like to do it all. In addition, Phillips also has volunteered at the Coatesville Food Cupboard and served on her school’s National Honor Society.

Phillips, who learned to play lacrosse with her brother’s stick, gives much credit to her father for her success on the field and in the classroom.

“He gives more advice than I could ever need,” she says.

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