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East County Athlete of the Week: Morgan McCabe

The Lakewood Ranch High girls lacrosse senior has 29 goals in 10 games for the 8-2 Mustangs.

Lakewood Ranch High girls lacrosse senior Morgan McCabe.
Lakewood Ranch High girls lacrosse senior Morgan McCabe.
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Morgan McCabe is a senior midfielder on the Lakewood Ranch High girls lacrosse team. McCabe is the team’s leading scorer with 29 goals and 35 points as of March 20. McCabe’s offensive output has helped the team start the season 8-2. 

When did you start playing lacrosse?

I started as a sophomore. I did gymnastics for 10 years before, but I was getting bored of the sport. I had a teacher who was the lacrosse coach here at the time (Sammy Stoltz) and she always talked about it in class. I fell in love with the way she talked about it. I tried out my sophomore year and made the varsity team. 

What is the appeal to you?

I love that it is fast-paced and that you get to run. I love bonding with the team. I love the atmosphere of playing at night. I love everything about it. 

What is your best skill?

I think it's being aggressive, being a leader on the field. I get plays started and get us going (emotionally). I keep the atmosphere up. 

What is your favorite memory?

We beat The Out-of-Door Academy this year (7-4 on Feb. 28 at ODA) and that was the first time in my three years on varsity that we have done that. That was eye-opening for us and showed us that we could play. 

What has been the key to the team’s success in 2023?

I think a lot of it has to do with having more fun on the field. We’re always down to have a good time. And Blair (Woods, first-year head coach) has been amazing. Our culture is a lot different than it was a year ago. If we’re having fun, then we’re going to play well. 

What is your favorite food?

I love Mexican food. Any Mexican food, even just chips and salsa. 

What is your favorite TV show?

I’m not sure about a favorite, but I have been watching "Criminal Minds," "Yellowstone" and "The Office" a lot. 

What are your hobbies?

I like to go to the beach and to get ice cream and to hang out with my friends. 

Which superpower would you pick?

I would want to read people’s minds. I know a lot of people would disagree, but I want to know everything. I think it would be so cool. 

What is your favorite school subject?

I’m good at both math and writing. 

What is the best advice you have received?

Focus on controllable things. You can’t worry about things you don’t control. Just worry about yourself and your success in the moment. 

Finish this sentence: “Morgan McCabe is …”

Strong. I have a strong personality. I’m a go-getter, I’m fierce and opinionated. 



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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