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Girl Lacrosse’s Maxine Enchautegui returns to the field after ACL injury

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Back and Better Than Ever

Maxine Enchautegui (12)smiles after tough game against Timber Creek.

Maxine Enchautegui (12)smiles after tough game against Timber Creek.

Maxine Enchautegui (12)smiles after tough game against Timber Creek.

Maxine Enchautegui (12)smiles after tough game against Timber Creek.

Daniela Silva, Sports Writer

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Senior Maxine Enchautegui comes back stronger than ever from an ACL tear. During a dark and rainy district game two years ago against Cypress Creek, Maxine dodged a defender but the soggy soil trapped her foot causing serious pain down the sides of her leg.

“It felt like my femur and tibia weren’t connected,” Maxine said.

Maxine dedicates every other day during the week to physical therapy, hoping to come back as soon as possible. This injury costs Max lots of time and she had to miss her entire junior year.

“Even though the recovery was painful I wanted to get back to playing,” Maxine said.

Since her return, Maxine played a big role by bringing skills no other player has such as her intensity and knowledge of the game.

“Her ability to move, catch and throw the ball, along with her IQ of the game was dearly missed,” Coach Watson said.

However, the injury still holds her back on Maxine’s ability to run as fast or as long as before has effected. She has to work much harder than her teammates to get back to their physical level of play.

“I may not be the same player, but at least I’m back to playing the sport I love.”

Maxine will no longer play lacrosse after this season, she plans to enlist in the Air National Guard while studying sports science at Valencia College but she loves the time spent with her lacrosse family and the memories she has made during her career.

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