The lacrosse season ended too soon for Amber Stieve, but the Huntington High School junior is already looking forward to next year when she will wear a Blue Devil uniform for the final time. She wants to make every minute count.
Stieve started on a team that went 9-8 and reached the Suffolk Division I playoffs after several years of struggles. “I think we made a huge improvement from last year as a team,” she said. “We stepped up our performance as a whole and really worked together. In the beginning of the season we had one main goal, which was to turn our previous record around and make it to a playoff game. These goals were achieved by the effort and determination of the team.”
The teenager tallied nine goals and 10 assists at midfield/attack and was smack in the middle of all the action for the Blue Devils. She had a goal and an assist in last week’s 10-9 playoff loss at Riverhead.
“Personally, I think this year was one of the best experiences I had playing Huntington girls’ varsity lacrosse,” Stieve said. “Being part of a team that is so unified and talented made it turn our previous record around.”
Amber Stieve captured a NYS
The summer will see the teenager playing for FLG Lacrosse. FLG is an acronym that fits Stieve well. She plays “for the love of the game” and she gives her team, teammates and coaches everything she has on the field.
She will playing alongside some of her Huntington teammates this summer, competing in tournaments and working to take her skills to a new level. Stieve will also be participating in a summer camp with her future teammates at Old Dominion University, which she has verbally committed to.
Stieve’s senior year academic schedule will include Advanced Placement Calculus AB, AP Environmental Science, Allied Health Science, Holocaust, Multicultural Literature and Participation in Government.
The teenager enjoys science and math and has possible careers interests in physical therapy and athletic training. Stieve plans on returning to the varsity soccer and indoor track and field teams as a senior for her final high school seasons in both sports.
“I plan on staying involved with Natural Helpers and the Spanish Honor Society,” Stieve said. She wants to join a few more clubs and apply for membership in several additional honor societies as a senior.
Regardless of what she happens to be involved in at any given time, Stieve’s mind is never far from lacrosse. After winning nine games this spring and reaching the playoffs, Huntington’s returning players want to keep the program’s momentum moving in a positive direction.
“Going forward, lacrosse is looking good,” Stieve said. “We want to do more clinics to help the younger girls that are trying to improve their skills. We will lose some of our key players, but we’ll still progress and make the team better. The team will keep advancing and achieve some of the goals we couldn’t this year.”