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Robinson’s scoring, playmaking drive big season for Howell girls lacrosse

By: Jonathan Duncan


Francis Howell senior midfielder Danielle Robinson has been a major factor in the Vikings successful season this spring. [Jonathan Duncan/Mid-Rivers Newsmagazine photo]

Danielle Robinson is a big play waiting to happen just about every time she gets the ball on her stick. When that happens, it’s often good news for the Francis Howell girls lacrosse team.

Robinson has been an almost unstoppable force for the Vikings this spring with a team-leading 42 goals heading into the end of April. She is ninth among area scoring leaders. Her offensive skills and leadership have pushed the Vikings to a sturdy 7-4 mark as the season heads into the home stretch.

“Danielle is a huge part of our program,” Howell coach Lauren Ginn said. “She has been a captain for two years and is a great leader on the field. She’s also a great team player.”

Robinson, a senior midfielder who is enjoying her final season, has been pleasantly surprised by her scoring prowess so far this season.

Noting that “the team and I have been doing really good this season,” she said, “I wanted to get a certain amount of goals this year, so I had expectations for myself but I’ve definitely been proud of what I’ve done so far.”

A hard worker on the field with above average stick skills and ball skills, Robinson has been an impossible matchup for opposing defenses. At press time, she had scored 10 goals in the Vikings previous three games, including a whopping seven goals in a 22-5 win at Holt on April 16.

“She’s got incredible sticks skills that really help,” Ginn said. “She also just makes smart decisions on the field. Whenever she’s got a lot of pressure on her [from defenders], she really knows how to work around them and pull back and make smart decisions.”

Robinson, who played for the Brave Lacrosse club the last two years, credited her offseason conditioning and playing “wallball” with helping her to get ready to excel as a senior this spring.

“Wallball is such a simple thing but it’s something you can do several times a week along with going for runs,” Robinson said. “Wall is where you like literally bounce the ball off a brick wall and you try to do like different tricks off the wall; it just helps your stick skills.”

Around the goal, Robinson is skilled at knowing what shot angles to take. She also points to her work ethic in practice with her teammates as something that allows her to be sharp in games.

“It really all starts at practice because you’ve got to put in your 100 [percent] in practice. If you don’t practice like it’s a game, then you’re not getting any better,” Robinson said. “So, when we’re at practice, I really try to push myself and my teammates so we can all be really good together.”

Next year, Robinson will attend Quincy University, where she will play lacrosse and major in biology.

Before graduation, she has one big goal she wants to check off her list – score 60 goals in her senior season.

“I really want to get 60 and I hope I can get there,” Robinson said.

 

 

 

 

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