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Sarasota Athlete of the Week: Caroline Steinwachs

The Riverview High girls lacrosse player has 56 goals in 2023.

Caroline Steinwachs.
Caroline Steinwachs.
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Caroline Steinwachs is a sophomore on the Riverview High girls lacrosse team. Steinwachs has 56 goals and seven assists in 2023, helping the Rams to an 11-6 record. 

When did you start playing lacrosse?

I started in the third grade. I played for a team called the Sarasota Seahawks which was actually coached by (Riverview High Head Coach) Ashley (McLeod). I had a friend (Camille Johnson) who was already into it. She convinced me to do it. 

What is the appeal to you?

I like the speed of the game. It's different than a lot of other sports. And there are a lot of complexities to it. Even if you're not the most athletic person, you can almost beat the game mentally. You can figure out how to beat someone off the draw by countering what they're doing, or doing something similar on the attack, breaking down how they're defending you. 

What is your best skill?

I think I'm a versatile player. My coaches will joke with me about how I've played everywhere. I think that gives me a full understanding of the game. It's a great skill to have. 

What have you been working to improve?

I'm more of a natural defender, so I'm always trying to improve my dodging skills and overall being more confident (on offense) and attacking the cage. 

What is your favorite memory?

It has to be winning the district tournament last year. It was the first time in program history that we have done that, which was cool. We will always be remembered as the team that won districts first. Plus, it's fun to bring home a trophy. 

What does the 2023 team still have to do moving forward?

We just have to make sure we don't expect to win. We have to earn everything. If we want another district title, we have to put it all out there and execute and take it. 

What is your favorite food?

I love steak and mashed potatoes. I usually get my steak cooked medium or medium-well. 

What is your favorite TV show?

It's probably "Criminal Minds."

What is your favorite subject?

Last year I liked biology and this year I like anatomy and physiology, especially anatomy. I like that I can relate things back to athletics, like how your muscles work. It's cool to know. 

Which superpower would you pick?

Probably super speed. It would apply to lacrosse pretty well. 

What is the best advice you have received?

Always play with heart and hustle. Maybe you're having an off day and you make a mistake, but you can always make up for it. Just put your head down and work hard. 

Finish this sentence: "Caroline Steinwachs is … "

Tenacious. I like to be able to do things. I'll keep working at something until I get it down. 



Ryan Kohn

Ryan Kohn is the sports editor for Sarasota and East County and a Missouri School of Journalism graduate. He was born and raised in Olney, Maryland. His biggest inspirations are Wright Thompson and Alex Ovechkin. His strongest belief is that mint chip ice cream is unbeatable.

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