Keller’s girls lacrosse team captured the state’s Division II title in May and had the finals MVP as well.
Madison Berg was voted the state championship game MVP during a 22-12 win over Katy.
Berg will be a junior at Keller in the fall and has been playing the game since the fourth grade.
There wasn’t a fourth grade team in Keller, so Berg traveled to play until fifth grade in Southlake and then joined up with her future teammates.
Berg got started, she said, because one her teachers had a son who played lacrosse and she developed an interest.
“I assumed you wore lots of pads and there was a lot of hitting people,” Berg said of her initial perception which kept her skeptical of the sport. “But I fell in love with it from then on.”
That development in the sport helped culminate in the most recent accolade for Berg and her fellow teammates.
The lofty honor may seem to have gotten lost amid state baseball playoffs, track and even another state softball championship for the Lady Indians.
Although lacrosse isn’t a UIL sport, the competition is just as competitive.
Looking at the Keller schedule results may not make that point obvious, as Keller routed most every opponent with the exception of Division I’s champion, Coppell, and an overtime win over Allen.
The Coppell game was the lone loss on the Keller schedule.
Berg said winning the state championship was a way to pay tribute to the seniors on the team.
“Throughout the season our main goal was to give the senior girls – who started the program – something to look back on and be proud of,” Berg said. “We definitely did that.”
Keller entered the season feeling they had the capacity to go all the way. Although young in the sport, there was talent and potential. Berg said it was just a matter of putting it all together.
Scoring, defense and tenacity seemed to be evident at every position.
Playing midfield, Berg said she enjoys being able to impact both sides of the field.
“I don’t like watching part of the field,” she said. “I want to be involved the whole time.”
Being involved on both ends is why Berg feels she was singled out for her performance in the title game.
“I went into the game thinking I needed to play my best game and I had a lot of draw control and helped maintain possession,” Berg said, noting she only scored a few goals in the finals game.
A good lacrosse player is well-rounded and team-focused, Berg said.
“It’s definitely a team sport. With good players, speed plays a factor but mostly being a selfless player is key. I always think of teammates above self as my main philosophy,” she said.
Keller came back this year after getting knocked out in the first round of the playoffs by Frisco last season.
Now in the offseason, Berg said she continues to play with a travel team.
She also keeps up her conditioning with running. Berg is also a cross country team member at Keller.
And, with success comes challenges. Keller will undoubtedly now be bumping up to Division I next year.
Although Keller lost about a half-dozen players to graduation, new talent in the middle school ranks will try their hand at joining the sport.