CORNELIUS – Julia Brown is a fixture in the Hough High athletic program. The junior is one of the area’s most versatile and talented athletes.
She played on the Huskies’ volleyball, basketball and lacrosse teams. Brown was named all-conference in volleyball, basketball and lacrosse. Hough’s girl-for-all-seasons capped her spring season by being named The Herald Weekly Girls Lacrosse Player of the Year.
Brown, a midfielder,had 16 goals and 12 assists, helping the Huskies to an 8-6 record. They finished second in Conference 7 with a 6-2 record, two games behind state power Lake Norman.
The Huskies rallied after losing three of their first four matches.
“This year was only our third season as a team,” Brown said. “It is so exciting to watch everyone get better in such a short time. We still face great competition, but we are able to fight harder.”
Brown, a three-year starter, said her season high point was an 11-10 overtime victory at Lake Norman Charter.
“No doubt that was very special,” she said. “We were down a couple points with less than a minute, and we came back to win in overtime. Charter has a great team and was playing well, so we were excited to win in overtime.”
Brown leads Hough’s core of talented juniors who will return next season. Only one Huskie was lost to graduation this season. It will cap another busy school year for Brown, with volleyball filling her fall schedule and basketball occupying her winter.
“Speed, aggressiveness and teamwork are all aspects that make a good lacrosse player, so I try my best to work on those,” she said. “I feel that playing multiple sports helps on the lacrosse field as well.
“It is great to play for coach Anna (Nolte) and I have enjoyed all three years with her and our team. For most of us seniors, it will be our last lacrosse season next year and a conference championship would be awesome.”