Lacrosse wasn’t Amanda Lindsey’s first love, but it’s the sport that she has made her own. A multi-sport star from McIntosh, Lindsey is embarking on her senior season playing lacrosse for the Presbyterian College Blue Hose.
The senior midfielder has started in all 51 matches she played in her first three years with the program, racking up 98 ground balls and 41 caused turnovers. She’s keeping up her strong pace through the first 10 games of the 2017 season, adding another 17 ground balls and 6 turnovers. She wants to leave her own mark on the program for future athletes.
“it’s no secret that at Presbyterian we have endured our fair share of hurdles,” said Lindsey, calling it amazing to be a part of the team’s first-ever Big South Conference win last season. “We are certainly not satisfied with that, and we are looking to make the conference tournament this year and continue redefining this program.”
Her aim is selfless and team-oriented.
“As my career as an athlete draws to a close, my individual goal remains to serve this team in any way that I can for the duration of the season, whether that be through displaying leadership, making plays, or just being a good teammate,” she said. “I really just want to do whatever I can to elevate this program in my final days.”
For years, it would have seemed that she would find her calling in basketball. She played most of her life, leading up to McIntosh where she was a four-year contributor for the Chiefs as an undersized, but tough and smart guard.
Having played basketball most of her life, and even lettering two years in softball in high school, it wasn’t until her freshman year at McIntosh that she first picked up a lacrosse stick.
“I believe it was Dan Ward and Mickey Beard, the lacrosse coaches at McIntosh at the time, who watched me play basketball and encouraged me to give lacrosse a try. I would definitely say Coach Mickey encouraged me to stick with it, even when my skills were extremely rudimentary.”
What she lacked in basketball would end up being her strengths in lacrosse.
“My dad likes to say it’s the game that didn’t love me back because of my height, but some lessons are better learned the hard way.”
Her height, at 5-foot-3, might have scared away college basketball coaches, but it doesn’t hold her back.
“I think that’s what I loved about lacrosse initially, but now, I enjoy being a student of the game. I love watching film and being the most prepared player on the field. Lacrosse rekindled my love for sports and the sheer enjoyment of competing.”
Lacrosse is her devotion now, but hoops is always in her heart.
“Basketball always was and always will be my first love,” she said. “I would be lying if I said I didn’t miss basketball, and I wouldn’t be the lacrosse player that I am without my years of experience on the court.”
Hard work and dedication molded her into a key cog on a McIntosh lacrosse squad that played for the state title her junior and senior years, drawing the attention of college programs, but it was Presbyterian that caught her eye.
“Throughout the recruiting process, I knew I valued the presence of rigorous academics. It seems like Presbyterian was the perfect fit, and I would not trade my experience here, especially because at PC, I was never just a number,” she said. “I have made valuable connections with many of fellow English majors and nearly all of my professors, and for those relationships, I am eternally grateful.”
The English/Political Science major knows a lot of people have helped her become the sterling student-athlete she is at PC. They have helped prove her college choice to be a perfect one.
“The faculty and staff at Presbyterian College are truly dedicated to student success, and I have certainly reaped the benefits of that. I don’t think that’s something that every Division I athlete can say,” she said. “I knew lacrosse was a means to an end, and, while I certainly wanted a reputable athletic program, I tried to keep the bigger picture in mind about where athletics could steer me after hanging up my cleats.”
She already has her eyes on the future. After graduation, she will be off to the University of Florida Levin College of Law.
“As of now, I hope to find a career in corporate law, but they say most students change their mind when they walk through the doors,” she says. “We will wait and see if that plan comes to fruition.”
Lindsey will end up in a different court than she once thought, but her dogged determination will always make her a success.