Several weeks after being tabbed the Forsyth County News Girls’ Lacrosse Player of the Year, West Forsyth attack Monica Martelli has been named an honorable mention selection for U.S. Lacrosse Girls’ High School All-American team.
Martelli led West to several notable achievements in 2014, including a Forsyth Cup championship and a playoff berth. She is the third Lady Wolverine to be named an honorable mention All-American — joining Nikki Erdley (2010) and Taylor Hagin (2011) — and the sixth All-American overall from Forsyth County.
"It’s pretty exciting," Martelli said. "I can’t even explain in words what that means to me. It’s incredible. It feels so good to be recognized and to be given something that amazing."
Martelli racked up 61 goals as a junior, good for first in the county. And despite playing in just her third year of organized lacrosse, she evolved into a leader for West — both on and off the field.
Receiving national consideration has helped Martelli’s dream of playing in college feel more tangible. With the knowledge that she is among one of the best lacrosse players in the country, Martelli will enter her fourth and final season at West more self-assured than ever.
"It’s a huge confidence booster," she said. "I thought being named Player of the Year was huge and now I don’t know what to do.
"Now the next level seems more practical. This makes me feel I can further myself in lacrosse."
College offers should come Martelli’s way in the near future, and another strong season at West will only garner her more attention. Her focus remains with the Lady Wolverines, and her growing collection of accolades has certainly changed her expectations.
"It raises a lot of bars for next year," Martelli said. "I’m just going to keep practicing and working hard for a scholarship."