Claire Dyer is racking up some serious frequent flier miles playing lacrosse this summer.
After completing her junior year at Metea Valley, Dyer was in Virginia for a tournament a little over a week ago. She returned home for a day, then flew to Colorado for a camp at Denver University and participation in the Western Cup Tournament.
Dyer capped things off with a bang this week. She was one of 20 girls selected for Illinois’ team at the Brine All-American National Lacrosse Classic in Boyds, Maryland.
Some 1,900 girls and boys from across the country, selected at regional tryouts, will be participating in the event.
Team Illinois is guaranteed four games before bracket competition begins. Dyer looks forward to facing top-notch competition from Eastern states in particular.
“In the past, more of the East Coast teams have won the tournament,” Dyer said, “but Illinois is definitely rising.”
Dyer can certainly hold her own.
Primarily a defender for Metea, Dyer was named honorable mention All-State this year. Her Illinois conference stats put her first in ground-ball controls and sixth in turnovers caused.
Her physical strength pays dividends in lacrosse.
“Being a defender, it’s good to be strong,” Dyer explained. “I know technically lacrosse is not a contact sport, but when somebody is coming into the eight-meter mark you need to try to push them to the sidelines.”
Dyer has played basketball since she was very young, but followed a friend in trying out for lacrosse as a freshman at Metea. She said she had always wanted to play in elementary school, but never had the time.
“I’ve played basketball for so many years — it was fun to play something new,” she said.
Dyer has come to dedicate herself year-round to the sport. She plays club for True Illinois, where she heard about tryouts for the Brine tournament. In the winter, she traveled to Florida and California. Dyer will play with Metea Valley at the Indian Prairie Showdown at the end of the month in Naperville.
Dyer is joined on the Illinois team at the Brine tournament by Breanna Metry of Neuqua Valley, along with several girls from Illinois lacrosse powers Loyola and New Trier.
It’s a team that hadn’t played with each other before this week, but Dyer looks forward to the competition and exposure to college coaches.
“When we play those teams from the East, the pace of the game is faster, their throwing and catching is pretty consistent, their stick skills are very good,” Dyer said. “It will be a good experience.”Tags: Metea Valley