Apple Valley's Reagan Roelofs garners the spotlight for her performance on the field, but she credits her fellow seniors for creating a winning environment. Eagles midfielder Molly Moynihan has been instrumental in helping Roelofs hone her skills. “Coach [Alexandra] Ross said she sees the two of us go harder against each other in practice,” Moynihan said. “We’re both so competitive and we bring that mentality every time out.” Photo by Jerry Holt, Star Tribune • email@example.com
Reagan Roelofs narrowed her lacrosse gameday headband selection to ones with a picture of former President Ronald Reagan, her namesake, or Rosie the Riveter, a cultural icon of World War II.
“I decided it wasn’t going to be about me,” said Roelofs, an Apple Valley senior and six-year varsity standout. “And since her slogan was, ‘We can do it!’ I liked that. When you look at my headband when we’re in the huddle, my teammates think, ‘Yeah, we can do this.’ ”
An indomitable spirit is only part of Roelofs’ value. Already the state’s all-time leading scorer with 505 points, Roelofs impresses opposing coaches with her defensive acumen. She ranks high in draw controls, assists, ground balls and caused turnovers, owing to her mastery of the game.
Roelofs, who helped lead Apple Valley (15-1) to the No. 2 seed at this week’s state tournament, is the Metro Player of the Year in girls’ lacrosse. She will play at the Naval Academy next season.
2017: Naomi Rogge, Eden Prairie
2016: Megan Menzuber, Holy Family Catholic
2015: Logan Halvorson, Lakeville South
2014: Lydia Sutton, Blake