Responding in high pressure situations is something to which OTHS senior Jordan Pate has become accustomed.
As a veteran starter for the Panther girls lacrosse team, she has sent the tone for her teammates with exceptional play through the first two weeks of the season.
In the first four games, the talented senior, the daughter of Kim and Doug Pate, has scored 12 goals and collected 25 draw controls, 18 ground balls and 2 interceptions. Against highly-touted Chicago suburban power Glenbrook North, Pate was a one-woman wrecking crew, scoring seven of O’Fallon’s 10 goals in a narrow 12-10 loss.
“Jordan is the most talented athlete that I have ever had the pleasure to coach,” OTHS mentor Rob Garrison said. “She can always be relied upon to come through when our team needs a lift. So far this season, she has been able to dictate the pace and tone of the games, but the most impressive thing about Jordan is her ability to make the athletes around her better. She doesn’t have to be the star.”
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“I play lacrosse because I love my teammates and being on the field with those girls. It’s so rewarding,” Pate said. “I began playing in 6th grade. Dave, Tamara and Tessa Boots are the reason I started playing and continue to play. I’ve played with Tessa since the start, Dave coached me for three years and Tamara was always like a second mom to me. I think that the support of my family and friends, along with my coach, have contributed to the success I have had in lacrosse.”
“I think that playing sports gives me a different perspective in every situation,” the OTHS senior added. “It has taught me discipline and shown me not only what it means to work with a team but also what it means to love the team like they are my sisters.”