Chapel Hill High School senior midfielder Paige Haskins has been named the inaugural winner of the N.C. High School Athletic Association-USA Lacrosse joint scholarship for girls lacrosse.
Mark Serna from Cuthbertson High School is the boys’ lacrosse recipient. Both were to be honored at halftime of the respective girls’ and boys’ NCHSAA state championship games on Saturday at WakeMed Soccer Stadium in Cary.
The new NCHSAA-USA Lacrosse Scholarship offers support in the amount of $500 for one male and one female senior from NCHSAA member high schools who plans to attend and play lacrosse at a college or university located anywhere in the United States.
Applicants must demonstrate the benefits to receiving the scholarship as well as describe how a player, coach, official or the game of lacrosse has positively impacted his or her life, what the athlete hopes to achieve through participation in lacrosse at the college level, and how this will help in the athlete's life beyond college/university.
Haskins will attend the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Va., where she plans to play NCAA Division III Lacrosse while studying medicine.
Haskins grabbed the game for the first time in sixth grade and realized she enjoyed it more than soccer. She describes her time playing lacrosse as formative, saying that, “It has taught me what it means to be a leader and how it feels to be a part of something bigger than myself. It made me determined and confident in the in the person I am.”
Haskins, a team co-captain led Chapel Hill girls lacrosse this year in goals scored (57 on just 80 shots) and ground balls (119), and she was second in assists (34) and points (91). The Tigers finished at 14-4 this year, reaching the third round of the NCHSAA tournament.
After picking up the game in middle school, Serna has played in tournaments in 10 different states. At Cuthbertson, he’s been a three-year varsity player, a two-year starter and captain, and he has been named a Brine All-American.
Serna plans to play lacrosse at Coker College in Hartsville, S.C., and study forensics.