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March 15, 2014

Jean DePlacido column: Former Marblehead star excels at Skidmore

It would be hard to get off to a faster start than Skidmore College freshman lacrosse player Tyler Phillips has enjoyed to begin this season.

The former Marblehead High star is currently leading the Liberty League in both goals and points and shows no signs of slowing down.

In her first three collegiate games, Phillips scored 10 goals and had two assists for the Thoroughbreds and made the Liberty League weekly honor roll after two consecutive 4-goal games.

Phillips, a midfielder, has already been selected the league’s Rookie of the Week not once, but twice.

“We’re a really young team with no seniors,” said Phillips, who made her collegiate debut a memorable one by scoring four goals and adding an assist in a 15-8 victory over Mount Holyoke. After depositing a shot in the back of the opposing net in the first half, she added three more goals in just over four minutes, including the game-winner, after intermission. “We all got to know each other in fall ball, and I think we surprised some people because we were able to keep up with a lot of the better teams we played.

“It’s been very exciting for me, and it’s cool to know I’ve made a difference already. I love the school and I’m so glad I decided on going to a smaller college. My teammates have all come together quickly and we bond off the field, too. It’s really important to develop that kind of chemistry.

“So far I haven’t found the adjustment from high school to college lacrosse to be a problem.”

Skidmore traveled to Florida this week and held its own against a very good Dickenson College team, losing 9-7 in Orlando.

Phillips, who is very fast and has an accurate shot, has started every game.

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