Etowah’s Audet just doing what comes naturally
by Emily Horos
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WOODSTOCK – Alexia Audet may have just graduated from high school, but the Etowah lacrosse player has already had time to develop some coaching skills that she believes will prove beneficial in years to come.

Audet, who didn’t play lacrosse until her sophomore year, took to the game rather naturally after playing basketball for most of her youth.

“It was just a hand-eye coordination transition,” she said.

She quickly jelled with the other member of the Lady Eagle lacrosse program and even before she posted impressive statistics for her senior year, such as 65 goals and 36 assists, Audet had gained recognition from several college programs and had an offer to play at the next level. In the end she signed with Young Harris College, which competes at the NCAA Division II level.

As a senior, Audet served as a team captain for the Lady Eagles, but feels she was much more than that in some ways.

“I was a coach for the Junior Eagles team too,” Audet said. “I was kind of the mother of the team. I had to organize everything basically.”

Audet also served as an ambassador to some of the other players after their coach, Andy Osborne, was diagnosed with throat cancer early in the season. Audet said her family has had several family members go through cancer treatment, including her mother, and she was able to help some players who were not as familiar understand.

“My family has had a lot of cancer in it the last year or so and I was able to help the team under what he was going through,” Audet said. “I told them that we needed to put forth as much effort into lacrosse as he was into beating cancer. It was tricky just because none of the girls had never handled cancer before or seen it up close and personal.”

For all she has contributed to the Lady Eagles this season, Audet has been named the 2014 Cherokee Tribune Girls Lacrosse Player of the Year.

Audet knew this season would be different from the rest if only because Osborn was new to Etowah. However, after his cancer diagnosis, Osborn was no longer able to work with the team on a daily basis. Junior varsity coach Victoria Brown stepped in to help with the team, but serving primarily as the school’s softball coach, she doesn’t have a strong connection to the lacrosse program.

“She didn’t know too much about the program,” Audet said. “We had to kind of teach her what we do and then she taught us about lacrosse. It was kind of like, we taught her about the program, she taught us about the season and we just went from there. It worked out.”

Osborn was able to return to the team at the end of the season when the Lady Eagles defeated Roswell for the first time in program history. He was also on hand for the team’s first-round state playoff game and the rivalry game with Woodstock.

Audet considered the team’s greatest accomplishment beating Roswell.

“We had never done that before,” she said. “Our stats were the same as other seasons, but half our games got canceled, so had we played those games our stats could have been better. It was kind of a bad season for that.”

The junior varsity team played just five games, which left Audet a little concerned about the future. Still she believes there are several natural leaders in the system having worked with them at the Junior Eagle level.

“Coach Osborn will be back next season, so that will be better,” Audet said. “I think the freshmen will bring a lot of the leadership. I coached them for the Junior Eagles and there are three of them that can pretty much take over the team. I’m going to come back for a lot of games just to see them.”

At Young Harris Audet plans to study business management in order to prepare to open her own lacrosse academy or coach at the club or college levels.

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