You can pretty much sum up Madeleine Lutts’ college field hockey career — and her ascension from wide-eyed freshman to senior star — in a single word.
“It has a lot to do with that. Everything to do with it, really,” said Lutts, the 21-year-old center forward from Salem, who has cracked into the top 10 all-time scoring list at Clark University.
“My first few seasons here, I wasn’t sure what I could do with my skills at this level. But in time, my confidence grew and this season, I know I can really do something and make a difference. I feel like I’ve come into my own mentally as well in terms of decision making and working with my teammates. It’s all because of confidence.”
Linda Wage concurs. She’s been the head field hockey coach at Clark for the last 28 years and has seen some terrific players pass through the Worcester school since the mid-1980s. So she’s well qualified to give her opinion on a player who has started for the Cougars all four years, but has gotten better in all phases of the game each season.
“The development she’s made in her four years here has been amazing said Wage of Lutts, who has set career highs this season in goals (16), assists (12) and points (44) with two regular season games, plus playoffs, remaining. “Madeleine has really contributed in so many positive ways, but this year as a senior captain she’s really stepped up her game and come into her own.”
With 36 goals and 27 assists giving her 99 career points, Lutts stands ninth all-time in school scoring annuals. Her 12 helpers this fall are also the second-best single season mark in Cougars’ history, and she ranks fifth in career assists.
One play speaks volumes